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March 25, 2020

Excise minister issues guidelines for those working at offices

Karachi

March 25, 2020

The minister for the Sindh Excise & Taxation Department has issued guidelines for the officers and other officials working at their offices after the lockdown orders issued by the provincial government. The relevant officials said the minister had issued these orders after a meeting with the directors concerned.

The order states that it has been decided that the offices of the deputy director CMDI, the Karachi Port Trust and the Port Bin Qasim will remain open with the minimum number of staff (as decided by the officer concerned) for the smooth clearance of goods.

This order was issued pursuant to the Government of Sindh’s decision of imposing a complete ban on the movement and gathering of people at all places in the province, including offices, for a period of 15 days with effect from March 23 at 12am, through a notification of the home department and with the approval of the excise, taxation & narcotics control minister.

The order states that all excise police stations and checkpoints will remain open with the minimum number of staff (as decided by the officers concerned). It has been also decided that all offices of the assistant excise & taxation officers (AETOs) (incharge) of private bonded warehouses of Keamari will remain open to facilitate the import and export of excisable articles with the minimum number of staff.

According to the order, all offices of the AETOs (incharge) of the private bonded warehouses of the distilleries in Sindh engaged in the manufacture of ethanol and rectified sprit will also remain open with the minimum number of staff.

All offices of the AETOs (incharge) of the private bonded warehouses of the pharmaceutical companies will also remain open with the minimum number of staff, read the order. The notification stated that all the officers and officials on duty during the period are directed to observe the following instructions strictly: put on safety masks and gloves, use sanitiser whenever required, and observe other safety instructions issued by the provincial government regarding coronavirus from time to time.