It has been published in the Gazette giving permission for all shops in Tamil Nadu to be open 24 hours a day. This allows stores that can employ more than 10 people to be open full time.
The Government of Tamil Nadu has announced that the procedure introduced in 2019 will be extended for another 3 years from June 5.
The Government of Tamil Nadu has issued permission to shops and businesses to operate 24 hours a day in Tamil Nadu.
In 2016, the federal government finalized a bill to regulate shops and businesses. The bill allowed shops, cinemas and shopping malls to operate 24 hours a day. It was suggested that the state governments could change this to suit them, or implement it as contained in the bill.
Following this, shops were allowed to operate 24 hours a day in Madurai, the first district in Tamil Nadu. At present, shops and businesses all over Tamil Nadu are allowed to operate 24 hours a day. Stores with at least 10 employees are reported to be open 24 hours a day. This permission has been granted for the next three years.
Employees should be given 1 day off per week. All pay, including overtime pay, must be paid into the employee’s savings account, and employees must not be allowed to work more than 10.30 hours per day and more than 57 hours per week, including overtime.
The government has stated that female employees should be given night shifts and transport facilities only after obtaining their permission.