Shops and business establishments across the state would be allowed to remain open one and half days- second half of Saturday and full-Sunday as the cabinet has amended the existing The Shops and Establishment Act -1970.
Till today, second half of Saturday and Sunday are supposed to be shut down of shops and business establishment under Section- V of the Act but the mandatory word would be removed by deleting the provision (Sec-V).
Keeping in view of the people’s problems and grievances of tourists, the cabinet has approved a proposal to remove Section-V of the Act paving the way for businessmen to keep their shops or establishments open on the one and half days.
Informing this to the media, Law Minister Ratan Lal Nath today said the one and half day off will have to be adjusted to the workers by next two months. “There will no hard and first rule on keeping shop open or close. It will be depended on the owner. But employees or workers should not be deprived of legitimate weekly holidays. Besides, no employer could force employees or workers to work more than eight hours. However, there will be scope for overtime to the employees or staff”, explained.
Nath further added owners could introduce double-shift in a day if they think so but Labour department should be informed about the decision.