Sindh govt to amend ‘Epidemic Diseases Act, 2014’ to stem COVID-19
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Spokesman Sindh Government Senator Murtaza Wahab Monday said that Sindh government has decided to amend ‘Sindh Epidemic Diseases Act, 2014’ to stem COVID-19 pandemic.
He said: “An ordinance passed by Sindh cabinet is meant to address extraordinary situation and guarantees that employees would not get fired amid novel coronavirus situation that we are in.”
He said in a tweet: “It guarantees employees don’t get fired and get their salaries, utility bills to a certain extent have been exempted, schools have been directed to give 20 per cent discount due to lesser overhead.”
Ordinance passed by #Sindh Cabinet is meant to address extraordinary situation that we are in. It guarantees employees dont get fired & get their salaries,utility bills to a certain extent have been exempted, schools have been directed to give 20% discount due to lesser overheads— Murtaza Wahab Siddiqui (@murtazawahab1) April 27, 2020
Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah presided over a cabinet meeting at CM House in Karachi and He offered fateha for the people died due to coronavirus and early recovery of the patients.
The cabinet approved tax-exemption on the machinery being imported for the Gwadar Port.
سندھ کابینہ نے گوادر اسپتال کیلئے امپورٹ ہونے والی مشینری پر ٹیکس چھوٹ کی منظوری دے دی— Sindh Chief Minister House (@SindhCMHouse) April 27, 2020
Separately, Sindh cabinet ministers on Monday have unanimously decided not to take their salaries till 30th June 2020 due to the current financial constraints.
Sindh Cabinet Ministers, due to the current financial constraints, have unanimously decided not to take their salaries till 30th June 2020.— Murtaza Wahab Siddiqui (@murtazawahab1) April 27, 2020
Locust attack in Sindh
Sindh Agriculture department gave a briefing to CM Sindh and said that locusts swarms have reached in three districts of the province.
Chief Secretary Sindh said locusts attack could spread in all districts of province this year.
It is pertinent to note that farmlands in Sindh could once again come under a heavy attack of locust swarms from Iran by May 15, 2020 that pose a serious threat to crops as compared to the last year locust attack.