Rs 1 mn fine on SOPs violation in Sindh

Chairing a meeting on Wednesday, Sindh Chief Secretary Syed Mumtaz Ali Shah has warned that any commercial establishment or outlet in the province found violating the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) announced by the government to contain coronavirus in the province could be charged a penalty up to Rs1 million.

Sindh chief secretary warned that any shop or market found violating the SOPs would be sealed by the authorities. He said the violation of the SOPs would not be tolerated at any cost by the authorities concerned.

“All representative associations of traders had duly submitted undertakings that they would abide by the SOPs so the retailers were under strict obligations to follow the precautions against the spread of coronavirus,” he added.

Explaining further, he said that the government would take action against those found violating the prescribed SOPs against the spread of the coronavirus in accordance with the Sindh Epidemic Diseases Act-2014.

The meeting was informed 170 shops, markets, Bachat Bazaars, and other commercial outlets had been sealed in Karachi since June 5 for violating the SOPs against the spread of COVID-19.