Cites Article 157 of Constitution against governor's objection
The Sindh government has sent to Governor Imran Ismail its COVID-19 Emergency Relief Bill 2020 once again after amending it.
“We have deleted the contents which were objected to and sent it to the governor for approval,” Sindh government spokesperson Murtaza Wahab confirmed while speaking on SAMAA TV’s programme Awaz Tuesday night.
The bill was drafted to grant relief to the public in rent payments and utility bills and reduce other challenges due to the lockdown in the province.
Governor Ismail had previously rejected the bill, saying that the provincial government is not authorised by the Constitution to make such decisions.
Wahab thinks otherwise. He said the federal government’s reservation regarding Sindh lacking the autonomy to give relief in electricity bills is covered by Article 157 of the Constitution.
The article accords provinces the authority to vary taxes and determine the tariff of electricity consumption.
“We still did not argue with the governor despite the Constitution seconding our stance because we don’t want to indulge in a war of words,” said Wahab.
“If the federal government says only it is authorized to make these decisions, then the Centre should waste no further time to grant people some relief.”