Shops in Karnataka with 10 workers or more can now operate 24×7 | Bengaluru News – Times of India

BENGALURU: The Karnataka government has allowed all shops and commercial establishments with 10 or more employees registered under the Karnataka Shops and Establishments Act, 1962, to operate 24×7.
The notification issued on Saturday, states that the latest permission for shops and establishments is only for three years, indicating that the decision will be reviewed. It also states that the employer must appoint additional staff “in order to allow every employee to avail his/her weekly off on a rotation basis”.
The state took this decision under provisions of the Act and made a partial modification to allow shops to operate 24 hours. Labour secretary P Manivannan told TOI that this move is part of the government’s efforts to improve the ‘ease of doing business’. “Its a welcome decision as it will allow shops and establishments to do non-stop business…” said some businessmen.
It will also help boost overall business in the city and state. However, there are concerns of safety of workers and security of establishments, which the government should address.
Trade unions, while welcoming the move, argued that the government must ensure workers are not exploited by employers given that several of these shops and establishments have an unorganised workforce.

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