‘Achche din’ for all ‘Mumbaikars’ as watching a movie or shopping at odd times is soon become a reality after a bill by the government comes to force. Aimed at competing with online businesses, the reform also aims at easing the process of business.

The reform follows the Centre’s Model Shops and Establishment (Regulation of Employment and Conditions of Service) Bill, 2016.

The bill allows the establishment owners to set their own ‘opening’ and ‘closing’ time and also permits them to stay open throughout the week. However, at present the shops have been directed to shut their doors by 10 PM, commercial establishments by 9:30 PM and restaurants 12:30 AM. 

However, the reform bill which applies to shops, residential hotels, restaurants, theaters and places of public amusement, does not fall under Factories Act.

Factories Act, applies to businesses involved in banking, stocks, medical practice, architects, engineers, accountants, tax consultants and professional consultants.

The bill which is expected to brought out in the Maharashtra Assembly, suggests weekly holidays for workers working 7 days a week. The bill also allows workers to get paid leaves, maternity leaves and welfare provisions including a creche and canteen for better working conditions.

Tightening the noose on employers, the bill also suggests that the employers who found violating the norms will be fined up to Rs 1 lakh. Also, if an employer’s violation leads to the accident or death of a worker, the employee can face 6 months imprisonment and a fine of Rs 2 lakh.

All the shops and establishments working with the capacity of less than 10 workers does not fall under the reforms suggested by the bill.

Commenting on the matter, an official said, “”Establishments with less than 10 workers will still be covered by key laws like the Minimum Wages Act and the Maternity Benefits Act, so they do have safeguards.”

The official also added that kirana shops, paan shops as well as small shopkeepers will not be inspected to see if any law is being violated.

First Published | 10 August 2017 12:00 PM
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