Cabinet gives thumbs up to the law allowing shops to open 24X7

The bill also calls in for safety and security of women, especially those who want to opt for night shifts.
Shops and Establishment Bill

Cabinet has once again opened its goodie bag and this time, it is the retailers and shop owners who are at the receiving end. In the recent development, Cabinet has given its node to ‘Shops and Establishment Bill 2016’ which allows shops, malls and cinema halls among other establishments to remain open 24X7 throughout the year. Today, after the cabinet approved the bill, sentiments of the market are riding high as the bill is expected to boost the employment sector of the country.

Apart from omitting the time barrier, the bill also calls in for safety and security of women, especially those who want to opt for night shifts. It also focuses on providing healthy working environment to all the employees including basic facilities such as drinking water, canteen, first aid, lavatory and crèche etc.

Elaborating on the Cabinet’s decision, Arun Jaitley, Finance Minister, Government of India opined that the main aim of this bill is to increase employment generation. Like in the case of malls, which operate all seven days in week and they don't have any (fixed) working hours.

In a meeting held this morning, the Union Cabinet approved Model Shops and Establishment (Regulation of Employment and Condition of Services) Bill 2016. The law, which covers shops and establishments employing 10 or more workers except manufacturing units, will not require Parliament's approval.

Adding further on the move, Finance Minister said since it is a model bill on a state subject, it will be sent to the states. The law is designed to bring in uniformity in legislative provisions, making it easier for all the states to adopt it and ensure uniform working conditions across the country.

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