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Shops can remain open all 365 days for three yrs: CM


Good news for shops, traders, business establishments and others, who can now open up their businesses for 365 days a year avoiding closure on holidays and festivals in the State.

This was stated by Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao here during a high-level review meeting on the issue. Based on a feedback from the businessmen and traders, the TRS government has directed the officials to extend the policy for another three years and enable them to function as usual, he said.

The Labour Department today issued a GO in this regard. The deadline of this policy, which was implemented for one year on pilot basis, which evoked good response came to an end on Wednesday and KCR asked the officials to extend it for the next three years with some riders for protecting the rights of the labourers to work for only eight hours a day and 48 hours a week and a holiday every week.

The shops and business establishments may remain open from 9 am to 11 pm and the details of laborers should be maintained in a register, give appointment letter, for an over time, remittance of salaries in bank accounts and EPF an ESI facilities be provided forthwith. Transport facility should be provided to women laborers even after 8.30 pm. The Chief Minister opined that the businessmen, traders and those who open up shops should not be forced to shut on holidays and festivals and instead encourage them to do business as usual. (NSS)

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