Commercial establishments to remain open 24X7

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 22 Dec 2017 10:33:04


Business Bureau,

The State Government has allowed people across to have round the clock access to shops, restaurants, malls, cinema halls, and other commercial establishments as it issued a notification making amendment in the Maharashtra Shops and Establishment Act, 2017.

By way of amending section 7 of the Act, Government lifted the restrictions of timings on the commercial establishments through the State. Although the new amendments will not be applicable on liquor shops and bars, it will promote nightlife all over especially in the urban pockets. Apart from this, local civic bodies and police department have been given authority to approach the Government and seek permission to impose time restrictions on any sector.

V R Panbude, Additional Labour Commissioner, confirmed the development and said that businesses can run round-the-clock in shifts. At the same time, he expressed his inability to share further details saying that he has yet to receive official letter.

Another officer in the Labour Department, who preferred not to be quoted said, “the move will create more employment opportunities and exiting employees will get an opportunity to choose working hours. The new changes will also give working women an option to choose suitable times.”

It is important to note that commercial establishments
willing to work 24X7 will have to inform the State Government.
Earlier as per the Act, shops could remain open for a special period. As per the Act, shops were allowed to remain open only between 7 am and 8:30 pm. However, shops that deal wholly in milk, vegetable, fruits, fish, meat, bread or any other goods were allowed to open earlier than 7 am. Besides shops selling mainly in betel leafs, cigarettes and other ancillary articles were also allowed to remain open
till 11 pm.

The Maharashtra Shops and Establishment Act regulates the operations of shops and commercial establishments and it was introduced to regulate the hours of work, annual leave with wages, wages and compensation, employment of women and children and other aspects of a shops or commercial establishment.

The time restriction were seen as hurdle in business opportunities. It was also causing inconvenience to those who enjoy nightlife.

Expressing his opinion on the move, Dipen Agrawal, President of Chamber of Associations of Maharashtra Industry & Trade (CAMIT), said it would pave the way for creation of new jobs. “Restaurants, hotels and other similar sectors will get more business especially in cities like Mumbai and Pune. In other tier 2 cities in the State, the impact might not be visible in near further. However, it may pose tough challenge before the law and order enforcing authorities,”he said.