Shop act license renewal not mandatory for small shops

Sakal Times
Monday, 18 December 2017

Pune:  Owners of over 4 lakh shops and establishments in Pune district with less than 10 employees will not have to go through the hassle of renewal of their shop act licence, as the Maharashtra government will soon release a notification regarding this.

Pune:  Owners of over 4 lakh shops and establishments in Pune district with less than 10 employees will not have to go through the hassle of renewal of their shop act licence, as the Maharashtra government will soon release a notification regarding this.

Earlier in August, in a bid to promote the ease of doing business, the Maharashtra government had introduced a bill in the State assembly to relax rules for shops and establishments employing less than ten persons. As per the bill, establishments with less than ten employees will no longer need to be registered to operate. Such establishments and shops will also be free from inspections on labour compliance.

However, officials of Labour Department of Maharashtra government said that establishments and shops falling in this category will have to inform the government by filling an online form.

Assistant Commissioner of Labour Department Nikhil Walke said that the draft bill is in the last stage of approval. “Once it is signed by the Governor, the government will issue a notification regarding the implementation date of the new act,” added Walke.

The Assistant Commissioner informed that Pune district has over 6.5 lakh shops and establishments, out of which, approximately 4 lakh have less than ten employees. Highlighting the recent incidents of deaths of at least 12 workers in Mumbai on Monday in a fire at a snack shop in Mumbai and six workers killed in a fire at a bakery in Kondhwa a year ago, Walke said that the new law takes care of safety of workers.

“All shops and establishments will have to comply with key labour laws like the Minimum Wages Act and Maternity Benefits. The new law will facilitate ease of doing business but will carry harsh punishments for violation of laws and safety of workers,” added Walke. It must also be noted that five workers of a cotton unit were charred to death in Chakan in October 2016.

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