Traders hail State’s move to bring labour reforms

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 05 May 2017 09:33:15

Business Bureau,

State is soon going to allow shops and establishments having 1 to 10 workers free from hassle of procuring, registration and renewal of licences

Traders have welcomed the move of the State Government in giving some relief by bringing labour reforms. The Maharashtra Government is soon going to allow shops and establishments having 1 to 10 workers free from the hassle of procuring, registration and renewal of licences.

For example, if you are setting up a shop or a establishment and employing between 1 and 10 employees, then you don’t need to get a licence under the Shops and Establishments Act. It will create more business-friendly environment in the State, said B C Bhartia, National President of Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT).

“This is a step towards doing ease of doing business. This will remove Inspector Raj and will help small traders to do hassle-free business,” he said. With such step, Government has shown its intention that it want to help small traders without making any interference, he noted.

“This will generate large scale employment and economic activity at ground level which is the need of the hour. Maharashtra has always been a progressive state and always work with clear vision,” he said.

Welcoming the move, Dipen Agrawal, President of Chamber of Associations of Maharashtra Industry & Trade (CAMIT) said, the State more labour reforms to increase the economic activities. He said, the rates of the Mathadi Board too should be rationalised. There were large number of people who want to do business but they were scared of frequent interference by the Government officials. “Now, with this move, it will help people to open small shops and do business,” he added. It would also increase investment.
Kailash Jogani, President of Nagpur Chamber of Commerce Limited (NCCL) said, State Government should bring labour reforms which would help traders to do business without any worry. In Maharashtra, there are around 38 lakh shops and establishments out of 40 lakh have a workers between 1 and 10 in Maharashtra.

Sources said that it would soon be sent to the Cabinet for approval. Maharashtra is continously making various labour reforms.
Last year the state allowed labour contractors who required to hire more than 20 persons to go without Labour Commissioner’s permission.

These contractors can hire 50 labourers now from the earlier 20 without needing to go to the Labour Commissioner for
State Government has already cut down on the permissions required to set up a business from the earlier 76 to 32.