Telangana Govt Issues Guidelines For Shops Willing To Open 24X7

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The K. Chandrashekar Rao led Telangana Government approved shops to operate 24X7 in the Telugu State.

In regard to this, the Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS) Government issued guidelines for an exemption to shops and establishments to be open for business 24×7 in the State.

The issued Government Order (GO) it is mentioned, “In the circumstances reported by the Commissioner of Labour, Telangana, Hyderabad in the letter read above, the Government after careful examination of the matter hereby decides to issue guidelines for granting exemption from section 7 (Opening and Closing hours) of the Telangana Shops And Establishments Act, 1988 to all Shops & Establishments as defined in section 2 (21) of the Telangana Shops & Establishments Act, 1988 for operating 24×7 in the Telangana State subject to certain conditions.” 

The Retailers Association of India (RAI) has welcomed the move of the Telangana Government, enabling ease of doing business.   The RAI issued a press note extending gratitude to the taken decision.  The note read, “RAI had been working with the Government of Telangana for several months. The Telangana Government has resolved to provide guidelines for bestowing exemptions from Section 7 Opening & Closing Hours for Shops & Establishments, as defined in Section 2 (21) of the ‘Telangana Shops and Commercial Establishment Act, 1988’, contingent upon specific conditions.”

Here are the guidelines issued for 24X7 working of shops and establishments:

  • Issue of ID cards, Weekly off
  • Weekly working hours to be mentioned, overtime wages
  • Compensatory holiday with wages in lieu of employees attending duty on a notified national /festival holiday.
  • Adequate safety of Women employees,
  • Consent of women employees to work on night shift
  • To and fro transport for women employees working in night shift
  • The Management shall maintain the records and furnish returns as prescribed by the state government within time
  • Subject to compliance of provisions under the Police Act & Rules in force and, subject to payment of an annual fee of Rs.10,000 for each store to open 24*7 under the Telangana Shops and Establishments Act.