Delhites Will Now Boast Of A Better Night Life Than Mumbai From Coming Week

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Delhites Will Now Boast Of A Better Night Life Than Mumbai From Coming Week
Delhites Will Now Boast Of A Better Night Life Than Mumbai From Coming Week

New Delhi [India]: Lt. Governor VK Saxena has approved the proposal to exempt 314 applications of hotel and restaurant owners, online eateries, medicines, and other essential commodities, to be able to operate on 24×7 basis in the National Capital, starting from next week.

Such applications were pending since 2016. The LG has directed that notification to this effect should be issued within seven days. The decision, providing exemption under Sections 14, 15 and 16 of the Delhi Shops and Establishment Act, 1954, is expected to boost employment generation and promote a positive and favourable business environment that is a prerequisite for economic growth. The decision will also provide a fillip to the much desired ‘night life’ in the City. Exemptions under Sections 14, 15 and 16 of the said Act enables commercial establishments to operate on a 24X7 basis, subject to certain conditions that entail welfare of labour and security etc.

Approving the proposal, the Lt. Governor took a very serious view of and flagged issues of inordinate delay, adhocism, randomness and unjustified discretion on part of the Labour Department in disposing the applications made by establishments for these exemptions. It may be noted that out of total 346 pending applications, 18 applications of 2016, 26 applications of 2017, 83 applications of 2018, 25 applications of 2019, 04 applications of 2020 and 74 applications of 2021 had not been processed by the Labour Department on time.

“These applications, were kept pending for no reason even as just 02 applications, one of 2017 and another of 2021 were processed and sent for approval, in a display of unexplained discretion on part of the Labour Department, which strongly indicated the prevalence of corrupt practices,” stated the LG.

“This shows a complete unprofessional attitude and lack of due diligence on the part of the Labour Department and amounted to the Department having adopted a ‘pick and choose policy’ in processing such applications. Such a system may also lead to corrupt practices. Further, inordinately delayed processing of such routine applications also negatively affects the confidence/sentiments of the business community at large,” he added.

The LG also pointed towards the fact that it took repeated observations and persuasion from the LG Secretariat for the Labour Department to put in place a Digital Mechanism for the receipt of applications. This the LG said, showed reluctance on part of the Labour Department in adopting simple technological interventions that improved the regulatory framework for ‘Ease of Doing Business’.

The LG has strictly advised that such applications are disposed of within a prescribed timeline so that a conducive investor-friendly business environment and positive confidence could be instilled in the entrepreneurs and business community of Delhi at large.

The LG has also directed the Labour Department to ensure that such delays do not occur in future, a mechanism be developed for transparent and effective monitoring, reasons of pendency be ascertained, responsibility be fixed and suitable action be taken against the erring officials.

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