Bengaluru: The Karnataka government on Saturday permitted all shops and commercial establishments in the state employing ten or more persons to remain open 24*7 on all days of the year for the next three years.Also Read - Karnataka Mulls Booster Shots For Frontline Workers Amid Cluster Outbreaks, Omicron Threat

The move is said to enable an increase in employment by up to 9 per cent and grow sales by at least 3 per cent in the retail sector in Karnataka in the next three years. Also Read - Bengaluru Auto Rides Get Costlier From Today. Here Are The New Rates

“In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (1) of section 11 read with sub section (2) of section 12 of the Karnataka Shops and Commercial Establishment Act, 1961 (Karnataka Act 08 of 1962) and in partial modification of notifications issued in this behalf, the Government of Karnataka after holding an enquiry as required under sub section (2) of section 11 hereby permits all shops and commercial establishments in the state employing ten or more persons to be open on 24 X 7 basis on all days of the year for a period of three years from the date of publication of this notification in the Official Gazette subject to the provisions of sub section (3) of section 12,” read the official notification. Also Read - 'No Lockdown, But...', Karnataka CM Bommai Issues BIG Statement Amid Omicron Scare

However, certain conditions need to be followed by the employers if they wish to open their store 24*7, which are as follows:

1. The employer shall appoint additional staff in order to allow every employee to avail one day holiday in a week on a rotation basis, and the details of every employee shall be exhibited by the employer at a conspicuous place in the shop or commercial establishment.

2. Every employer shall exhibit details of the employees who are on holiday/leave on daily basis in a conspicuous place in the shop or commercial establishments.

3. The wages including overtime wages of the employees shall be credited to their savings bank account as prescribed under the payments of wages Act, 1963.

4. An employer shall not require or allow any person employed to work therein for more than eight hours in any day and forty-eight hours in any week and the period of work including overtime shall not exceed ten hours in any day and fifty hours in a period of three continuous months.

5. If employees are found working on any holiday or after normal duty hours without proper indent of overtime, penal action shall be initiated against the employer/Manager as laid down in the Karnataka Shops and Establishments Act, 1961, and Karnataka Shops and Commercial Establishments Rules 1963.

6. Women employee shall not be allowed to work beyond 8 PM on any day in normal circumstances. Provided that an employer after obtaining written consent from a women employee may allow her to work between 8 PM and 6 AM subject to providing adequate protection to her dignity, honour and safety.

7. Transport arrangements shall be provided to the woman employee who works in shifts. A notice to this effect shall be exhibited at the main entrance of the shop or commercial establishment indicating the availability of the transport.

8. The employees shall be provided with restroom, washroom, safety lockers and other basic amenities.

9. Every employer employing woman employee shall constitute internal complaints committee against sexual harassment of woman under the Sexual Harassment of Woman at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013 (Central Act 14 of 2013) and the said committee shall be operative.

The notification said that the above terms and conditions shall be treated and implemented in addition to those provisions specified in the Karnataka Shops and Establishments Act, 1961. (Karnataka Act No. 8 of 1962) and The Workmen’s Compensation Act, 1923 (Central Act 8 of 1923).

In the case of violation of any statutory provision or any of the above terms and conditions noticed by the inspector or otherwise necessary penal action shall be initiated against the employer/ manager as laid down in the Karnataka Shops and Commercial Establishments Act, 1961 and Karnataka Shops and Commercial Establishments Rules, 1963.