Gujarat govt allows for shops, eateries to remain open round the clock

In a major move aimed at boosting businesses, the Gujarat government has decided to let shops and food joints operate round the clock.

This happened as state government has decided to amend the law which imposes time restrictions.

The announcement was made by Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel Wednesday after a cabinet meeting.

The cabinet, led by Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, approved changes to the Gujarat Shops and Establishments Act of 1948.

Prior to amendment, the bars shops, restaurants and other such business entities were prohibited from doing business between 12am to 6am.

A bill to amend the Act will be tabled during the upcoming Assembly session, starting February 18.

The decision would generate more jobs as additional people will be hired for night shifts, he said.

Over 7 lakh units employing 10 lakh persons are registered under the Gujarat Shops and Establishments Act.

For employees working in such units, the government has proposed increase in overtime remuneration.

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