No relief for power, gas consumers as Sindh withdraws concession
The provincial government has addressed the objections raised by the governor on the Sindh Covid-19 Emergency Relief Ordinance 2020, by removing the sections related to electricity and gas bills.
According to 24NewsHD TV channel, Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah has approved the summary in this regard and directed the chief secretary to send the document back to Governor Imran Ismail.
The governor had not signed on the ordinance and sent it back to the chief minister after raising objection on giving relief to the people in utility bills. The subject relates to the Centre, he had argued.
The latest move means that the consumers of K-Electric, HESCO and SESCO will not get any relief in power bills. Same is the case with the gas consumers of Sui Southern.
Interestingly, Imran had rejected the ordinance, which he received on April 27, at a time when he was himself tested positive for the coronavirus.
Under the COVID-19 Emergency Relief Ordinance, 2020, a 20 percent reduction in school fee has been given. It also says that no employee would be fired from job.
The ordinance mentions that the salaries of those employed in the private sector would be paid, while also giving relief in payment of rent by the occupants of houses, shops and offices.
Moreover, the Sindh government has also given relief in water bills to all consumers, while the businessmen will not have to pay different taxes immediately.