‘Amendments in Maha Shops and Establishments Act beneficial’

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 01 May 2018 12:35:21


Business Bureau

Speaking at the seminar organised here by the Nag Vidarbha Chamber of Commerce (NVCC), Vijaykant Panbude, Additional Labour Commissioner, Nagpur said that the Government made amendments in Maharashtra Shops and Establishments (Regulation of Employment and Conditions of Service) Act, 2017 to enhance productivity of workers and also to promote trade. He further said that the objectives of the recent amendments were made keeping in mind the interests of the traders and workers both.

The seminar was organised recently on the occasion of ninth annual general body meeting of the chamber. Panbude and U S Loya, Assistant Labour Commissioner, Nagpur were the key note speakers. “The Maharashtra Shops and Establishments (Regulation of Employment and Conditions of Service) Act, 2017 came into effect December 20, 2017. It replaces the Maharashtra Shops and Establishment Act of 1948,” Panbude said.

Earlier the government enacted the Model Shops and Establishments Act in 2016 that revised the regulatory norms for operating commercial establishments in India.
Following this, several states initiated legislation to implement the new rules in their respective state jurisdictions.Maharashtra is the first state in India to draft the new Shops and Establishments law. The law is applicable to all commercial establishments in the State, (not covered under the Factories Act), which employ 10 or more workers.Loya said that firms that employ more than 10 workers must obtain a license under the Maharashtra Shops and Establishments Act within 60 days. The registration can be done on-line, and all records will be maintained electronically. Now the registration period has been extended from 30 days to 60 days.

Hemant Gandhi, President of NVCC felicitated Panbude with shawl, shreefal and floral bouquet, while Arjundas Ahuja felicitated U S Loya. Ashwin Mehadiya, Vice-President welcomed other guests. Narayan Toshniwal, Convenor of NVCC Shop and Establishment Sub Committee, introduced the speakers. Sanjay Agrawal, Secretary NVCC conducted the proceedings of the seminar while Farooque Akbani, Joint Secretary proposed the vote of thanks.

Prominently present were Prafull Doshi, Prakash Wadhwani, Mayur Panchamatiya all past presidents, Sachin Punyani, Treasurer, Ramavtar Totla, Umesh Patel both joint secretaries, Shabbir Shakir, Public Relation Officer, Abhisheik Jha, Gajanan Gupta, Hajarilal Agrawal, Manohar Sahajramani, Pankajkumar Agrawal, Prabhakar Deshmukh, Pratap Motwani, Rajesh Thakkar, Raju Makhija, Santosh Kabra, Sunil Karnavat, Virendra Chandak, Hargovind Murarka all executive committee members. Alokkumar Das, Gajanan Mahajan, Manoharlal Ahuja, Mohan Choithani, Mohan Gattani, Mukundkumar Vyas, Narayan Toshniwal, Nikhil Agrawal, Sanjayraj Mod Saraf, Subash Mangtani and others.