Mumbai: The third deadline for commercial establishments to display Marathi signs will end on September 30. However, after conducting a review, the city official found that 50% of stores had not yet made the required changes.
Earlier, bowing to the demands of several trade associations, the BMC extended the deadline for Marathi signs to be prominently displayed in shops and commercial establishments in the city by two months. The two previous deadlines ended on June 30 and May 31. City officials took the review a few days ago and found that around 2.5 lakh shops had displayed the Marathi signs.
“We have extended the deadlines three times so far. 50% of the stores have still made the required changes while the rest are still working on them. After the third deadline ends on September 30, senior officials will decide what action to take. “said a civic officer. There are about five lakh stores across the city.
As per the Maharashtra Shops and Establishments (Regulation of Employment and Conditions of Service) Amendment Act 2017, offenders will be fined Rs 2,000 per person employed in their shops.
On February 23, the Bombay High Court had upheld the government’s decision making it compulsory for all commercial establishments in the state to display Marathi signs in Devanagari script.
Viren Shah, president of the Federation of Retail Wellness Associations, said the case was before the Supreme Court, although there was no stay order, but the BMC should not be tough on traders”.
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