21-12-2017 11:30 AM | Anita Neve | My Indian Dream
Shops can remain open 24x7, the real celebration begins now...
New year and Christmas is going to be really special for the people of Maharashtra as it has become the first state to remain open 24×7. With this overwhelming news, there is happiness, a smile of joy and satisfaction across the state.
On Tuesday, the Maharashtra government issued a notification declaring shops to remain open 24×7 throughout the state. However, there will be restrictions on timings of liquor shops and movie theatres.
The theatres will have to be shut down by 1 pm and liquor shops timings remain as they are, no change in timings for the closure of liquor shops.
Though the Houses of the legislature had cleared the Maharashtra Shops and Establishments (Regulation of Employment and Conditions of Service) Bill, 2017 that allows shops to remain open 24×7 in August itself, the government gave its consent in September and consequently the Act came into effect actually from Tuesday when the state government issued the notification.
The new Act of functioning seven days a week actually benefits almost 34 lakh establishments across the state. At the same time, the Act also allows the women to work only if they are willing to between 9.30 pm to 7.00 am. provided the employer ensures their safety and transportation from the establishment to their residence.
The workers can work for 9 hours a day or 48 hours a week and must be given twice the wages for overtime. They can also claim weekly holiday and paid leaves.
With this, we can very well say the real celebration begins now...