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Friday, January 28, 2022
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All shop signs will have to be ‘Marathi’; Decision in Cabinet meeting

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Regarding the presence of shop signs in Marathi, as the Maharashtra Shops and Establishments (Regulation of Employment and Conditions of Service) Act 2017 is being implemented; it has been found that establishments and shops with less than ten workers are evading the rules.

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Such complaints were received by the government and there was a demand for redress. Wednesday, the Cabinet decided to amend the Maharashtra Shops and Establishments (Regulation of Employment and Conditions of Service) Act, 2017, and close the loopholes.

Therefore, the boards of small shops will have to be done in Marathi just like the big ones.

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Considering that most of the shops and commercial establishments have less than ten workers, the signs on all the shops along the road will be seen in Marathi from now on. An amendment was also approved that letters in Marathi-Devanagari script cannot be kept shorter than letters in other (English or other) scripts. State Marathi Language Minister Subhash Desai convened a meeting of the concerned at the Ministry and decided to amend the law.

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