Corporate enterprises and shops across Maharashtra can now decide to stay open for 365 days a year and choose their opening and closing times with the state government passing an amendment to the Shops and Establishments Act.
The changes in the Act, however, will not apply to liquor shops and bars.
The state government today passed the Shops and Establishment (Regulation of Employment and Conditions of Service) Bill, which would enable multiplexes, restaurants, shops business houses that don’t serve liquor to remain open 24/7 throughout the year with permission that can be obtained online.
Businesses can run round-the-clock in three shifts, thereby creating more employment opportunities.
The move gives flexibility to women who can now choose suitable worktimes.
Union finance minister Arun Jaitley had earlier said the cabinet has approved the Model Shops and Establishment (Regulation of Employment & Conditions of Service) Bill 2016 which was sent to states and union territories across the state.
The bill will now require clearance from the legislative council and then will be forwarded to the President of India.
Maharashtra is the first Indian state to allow businesses to run 24×7.