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The Sindh Governor Wednesday promulgated the Sindh Epidemic Diseases (Amendment) Ordinance, 2020. This Ordinance shall come into force at once. According to the text of the Ordinance: "In the Sindh Epidemic Diseases Act, 2014, hereinafter referred to as the said Act, in section 3, in sub-section (3), after the words "Deputy Commissioner", the words "or Assistant Commissioner or any other Officer" shall be inserted.

In the said Act, for section 4, the following shall be substituted.

4. Penalty: Whoever contravenes or disobeys the order passed by the Government or the officers empowered or the regulations made under this Act, without prejudice to any punishment to which he may be liable under any other law for the time being in force, shall be punishable with on spot fine up to rupees one million or attachment of movable, immovable, perishable property or both.

Provided that the order of imposing the penalty shall be in writing containing reasons for the issuance of the order thereof.

The fine prescribed under sub-section (1) shall be recovered as arrears of land revenue under the Sindh Land Revenue Act, 1967 (Act No.XVII of 1967).

Whereas, the Provincial Assembly is not in session and the Governor is satisfied that circumstances exist which render it necessary to take immediate action."

The Law Department, Government of Sindh has notified the ordinance.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2020

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