Shops to be closed on Sundays (India)

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Hyderabad: Sundays may no longer be the designated day for shopping. Going after shops and commercial establishments in the state, the labour department has decided to enforce a strict Sunday closure in accordance with the Andhra Pradesh Shops and Establishments Act 1988.

The department has constituted teams to clamp down on shops open on Sundays and penalise them. According to the AP Shops and Establishments Act, 1988, every shop shall remain closed on Sundays and it will be a mandatory  holiday for every employee.

Large commercial establishments, like shopping malls, might also have to face the heat. Although they have permission from the government to function 365 days a year, the labour department has found violations. B. Ramanjaneyulu, the commissioner of labour department, said, “We are checking the shopping malls and large commercial establishments too.

They have permissions, but they must fulfil 17 conditions. Out of the 34 malls we inspected, 32 were in violation of nearly 10 conditions each.” He added that notices would be served all of them and explanations would be sought on why their permissions should not be cancelled. There are about 1,000 large establishments in the city.

Beginning their raids on Sunday, the labour department booked as many as 93 cases against establishments  that remained open in some areas of the city. Officials warned that the checks would continue every Sunday and  violators  would be penalised.

S. Naresh Kumar, deputy commissioner of labour, said, “We have booked 93 cases against shops and establishments kept open on Sundays in Ameerpet, Banjara Hills and Jubilee Hills.”


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