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Shops, hotels in Maharashtra can remain open 24X7; bars, discos can't

The government notified the amended Act on Tuesday which covers hotels, malls and restaurants

Press Trust of India  |  Nagpur 

The government notified the amended Act on Tuesday which covers hotels, malls and restaurants. Photo: Reuters

Shops, hotels and malls can now remain open round-the-clock through the week in Maharashtra, according to a new law, which will not apply to bars, pubs, shops and discotheques, the state's Nilangekar-said.

The notified the amended Shops and Establishments (Regulation of Employment and Service Condition) Act, 2017, on Tuesday which covers hotels, malls and restaurants.

The bill was passed by the legislature during its last session.

The new excludes bars, pubs, wine shops and discos which have to open and close at a particular time.

"The amendment now allows all shops to remain open in three shifts. It can remain open for 24 hours on all seven days. It is, however, mandatory to give one-day leave to their employees every week," Nilangekar-said.

The amended says smaller establishments would not require licences to run their operations but will have to register online with the authority concerned.

It exempts small and medium-sized establishments, which have less than 10 workers, or employees working from home, or which are run as online businesses, from registering for a licence.

This relaxation is expected to benefit about 22 lakh establishments, the said.

"is the first state to implement and Establishments Act to free shopkeepers from licence inspectors," said Nilangekar-

"It will end the harassment by the raj of the civic body as shopkeepers can register online," he added.

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First Published: Thu, December 21 2017. 00:45 IST