The Karnataka government has announced a new policy that aims to prevent food and grocery retailing staff from taking part in strikes. It has also relaxed norms on limiting the stocks of retailers on a case-to-case basis.
Briefing reporters after a Cabinet meeting, Karnataka Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister TB Jayachandra said the new policy is aimed at simplification of retail trade practices and labour laws. The minister said the new policy is aimed at improving Karnataka’s position in the retail trade and to attract more investments. It allows relaxation of rules under the Shops and Establishments Act with respect to working hours, work shifts and employment of part-time workers. The new policy will allow the retail sector to operate 365 days a year from 5 am to 11 pm. It is also allowed to recruit women staff to work in night shifts on certain conditions and maintain the registers and documents electronically, besides issuing electronic bills.