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Model Shops and Establishment Bill 2016: Shops can now run 24/7, workers get a better deal

The Union government has announced a new Model Shops and Establishment Bill. Here are the highlights.

Written by Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
June 29, 2016 6:19:03 pm
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley along with other senior government officials. Image: PIB Finance Minister Arun Jaitley along with other senior government officials. Image: PIB

Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Wednesday said that the Cabinet has approved the Model Shops and Establishment (Regulation of Emp & Conditions of Service) Bill 2016. The bill will now be sent to States and Union Territories.

Here are the key points regarding the bill:

* It will cover establishments employing 10 or more workers except manufacturing units

* To provide freedom to operate 365 days in a year and opening/closing time of establishment. This could mean that shops and establishments can operate 24/7

* Women to be permitted during night shift, if necessary amenities and adequate protection of their dignity exists

* Powers of government to make rules for adequate measures to be taken by the employer for safety and health of workers


* No discrimination against women in the matter of recruitment, training, transfer or promotions.

* Five paid festival holidays in addition to national holidays etc.

* Lavatory, crèche, first-aid and canteen by group of establishments, in case it is not possible by individual establishments

* Model Bill to bring about uniformity in legislative provisions, making it easier for all the States to adopt it

* To ensure uniform working conditions across the country and ease of doing business, generate employment opportunities


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