QUETTA: Balochistan Finance Minister Zahoor Buledi on Wednesday announced that the Balochistan government has decided to give a tax relief of Rs1.5 billion amid lockdown due to coronavirus.
Announcing the decisions, the finance minister said that key decisions were made during the cabinet meeting that include giving exemptions on sales tax on services, and infrastructure cess.
“It is also decided to lower the duty on the purchase of surgical equipment,” he said adding that one per cent exemption was also approved for the Quetta Electric Supply Company (QESCO) bills.
We have already released Rs760 million in terms of ration to be distributed in the provincial districts, he said. The minister said that there were 70 cases of local coronavirus transmission in the province and they were in process to establish 11 more laboratories to expedite the testing process.
He said that they have also asked the federal government to increase their quota in the Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) by four per cent, bringing it to 12 per cent. He said that they had addressed the genuine concerns raised by doctors and paramedical staff in the province.