Night-Time Shopping For Trivandrum Soon?

Kovalam, Photo Taken by  Sunrider007 (Flickr)
Kovalam, Photo Taken by  Sunrider007 (Flickr)

Trivandrum Chamber of Commerce and Industry (TCCI) has recommended night-time shopping in Trivandrum.

Night shopping and nightlife is a major part of the culture in any big cities. They promote tourism, entertainment and dining outs. Now it has caught the fancy of Keralites too.

A seminar organised by the Centre for Public Policy Research (CPPR) in association with the Trivandrum Chamber of Commerce and Industry (TCCI) has recommended night-time shopping in Trivandrum.

Right now, all the shop-owners and restaurants close their shutters around 8 pm and 11 pm respectively. When the night shopping is introduced, shop owners and restaurants can function round the clock. This would boost job opportunities and more importantly safety and security to people especially women. When the city is live during the night, anti-social activities and elements will be reduced and women can do night shifts without having any worries.

When the city is live during night, anti-social activities and elements will be reduced and women can do nightshifts without having any worries.

The seminar discussed the model Shops and Commercial Establishments Act, currently under discussion by the central government. The seminar concluded that the proposed Act is a progressive step.

As per the act, only shops and commercial establishments with 10 or more employees would come under this proposed Act. The act gives them the freedom to function 365 days a year and decide when they want to open and close business.

The act gives them freedom to function 365 days a year and decide when they want to open and close business.

It would also be applicable to units engaged in the manufacture of non-hazardous substances that employ less than 10 persons.

However, traders will have to employ more people in shifts to look after customers. Traders will also have to take care of the needs of the staff such as provident fund and other benefits

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