PESHAWAR -- Chief Minister Mahmood Khan has said that provincial government is taking steps beyond its means to give maximum relief to all the sectors affected by the prevailing coronavirus situation.
Talking to a delegation of Wedding Hall Owners Association here on Tuesday, he said that almost all the sectors were affected by the pandemic and wedding halls industry being one of them.
An official statement said that financial issues faced by the owners and workers of the wedding halls and matters related to the possible opening of wedding halls under proper SOPs came under discussion in the meeting.
The delegation demanded opening of wedding halls subject to implementation of proper SOPs, keeping in view the financial problems faced by the owners and thousands of workers.
It also demanded that wedding halls should also be given relief in electricity bills as given to other business units.
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The chief minister said that government was faced with two different challenges at the same time. He said that on one hand the government was making hectic efforts to contain outbreak of the pandemic and on the other it was taking steps to protect the people against hunger and starvation. He said that government was making all possible efforts to maintain a balance between both of them.
The chief minister said that in the new budget, the provincial government had given maximum possible relief to all the sectors including wedding halls industry in the provincial taxes.
He assured the delegation that its genuine demand of relief in electricity bills would be taken up with Prime Minister Imran Khan.
Regarding the possible opening of wedding halls under proper SOPs, the chief minister ordered formation of panel headed by Provincial Minister Sultan Khan to develop SOPs to that end.
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