ISLAMABAD - The Senate on Wednesday witnessed presentation of the COVID-19 (Prevention of Hoarding) Ordinance, 2020 which aims to discourage hoarding of essential commodities by traders and check artificial shortages and raise in prices amidst spread of coronavirus. Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Ali Muhammad Khan laid the ordinance in the House. However, the opposition lawmakers including Senators Mian Raza Rabbani and Sherry Rehman condemned the delay in presentation of Ordinance in the Parliament. According to the sub-rule 6 of Rule 96 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in Senate 2012, an Ordinance shall be deemed to be a Bill introduced in the Senate on the day it is so laid and it shall also contain Statement of Objects and Reasons. The Ordinance contains three-year sentence, summary trial and confiscation of the material for hoarding of wheat, sugar, flour, ghee, sanitizers, face masks and other essential items. The COVID-19 (Prevention of Hoarding) Ordinance, 2020 will be enforced in the Islamabad Capital Territory. The ordinance applies to both individual dealers and corporations. According to the Ordinance, hoarding of the 32 consumer items will be a punishable act which include tea, sugar, milk, powdered milk, milk and food for infants, edible oil, aerated water, fruit juices and squashes, salt, potato, onion, mutton, eggs, gur, pulses, fish, beef, spices and vegetables, red chili, medicinal drugs, kerosene, rice, wheat, flour, chemical fertilisers, poultry food, surgical gloves, face masks, N95 masks, sanitisers, surface cleaning products, pesticides, match stick and isopropyl alcohol.