Karachi: The Government of Sindh has finalised the Coronavirus Emergency Relief Ordinance draft to provide immediate relief to the people affected by the lockdown imposed to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, a news source reported. As per reports, the draft has been sent to Sindh Governor Imran Ismael for approval.
Sindh Ministry of Law has prepared the draft in accordance with Article 128 of the constitution. With approval from the governor, the relief ordinance will become effective from April 1 onwards.
As per the Sindh government Coronavirus Emergency Relief Ordinance, provision of the following relief measures is being pursued:
Relief in electricity bills:
- Waive electricity bills of up to 260 units
- People who consumed 261 to 350 electricity units will get 25% discount on bills
- Electricity consumers who used 351 to 400 units will get 50% concession on bills
Relief in gas bills:
- No bill for consumers using up to 155 units of gas
- 75% off on usage of up to 200 units
- 50% discount on bills for people using up to 300 units
Relief on water bills:
- No water bill for residents living in 80 sq yds and smaller houses
- 25% discount on water bill for residents living in 81 sq yds to 160 sq yd houses
- Resident of houses falling in sizes of 161 sq yd and 240 sq yd will enjoy 50% discount on water bills
- No water bills for residents of 800 sq ft apartments
- 25% discount for residents of apartments spanning 1,000 sq ft
- 50% discount on water bills for residents of apartments spanning 1,200 sq ft
Relief for tenants
- Rent amounting up to PKR 50,000 will be suspended for a specific period of time. This amount will be cleared later once the situation gets back to normal
- Monthly rent ranging between PKR 50,000 to PKR 100,000 will be slashed by half, for a specific duration. The slashed amount will have to be cleared later
Relief on school fees
- Private schools cannot collect more than 80% of the due fees. The slashed 20% school fee cannot be collected under any other head
The ordinance further mentions that those not following the prescribed relief methods will face legal charges including fines of up to PKR 1,000,000. In addition to this, the ordinance also extends power to the Sindh chief minister to abolish and/or amend it anytime he deems appropriate.