Karachi, 11th April: Keeping the situation in view regarding COVID-19 CM Sindh had taken certain decisions whilst announcing the lockdown.
Some of those decisions were as follows:
a) No employee will be fired and he will be paid his/her salary.
b) Utility companies will defer bills to the extent of certain small end consumers.
c) Landlords will defer rent for a month.
d) Schools will charge 80% of the fee for the next 2 months.
These instructions were documented in the form of orders issued by Education, Labour and Home Departments.
In order to bring some legal cover to these orders, Sindh Govt has proposed an Ordinance with the following points:
1. No employee will be fired and will be paid the salary as per a certain schedule. The schedule basically ensures that the small scale employees get their salaries in full and as their scale progresses, the employer may deduct a portion of their respective salaries.
2. The landlord will defer receiving rent again as per a schedule.
3. Utility companies won’t charge as per a certain slab which again focusses on giving relief people in the lower-income groups.
4. Govt will also waive certain taxes, duties, fees etc to give relief to the businesses. Some of the areas where exemptions are to be granted are:
Motor Vehicle Tax
In case of non-compliance heavy fine has been proposed.
However, it is reported that businessmen and Federal Govt are not happy with this move of GoS on various grounds.