The Haryana government's idea for retailers to register their outlets online by enticing them with an offer of keeping shops open all week found no takers.
According to the retailers, the procedure for online registration was cumbersome, so they didn’t want to be bothered by it. They said they have already registered with the state under the Punjab Shops and Commercial Establishments Act 1958.
Deputy Labour Commissioner G.S. Thakur said he was surprised that just 2,443 retailers out of 10,553 had registered with the department online. He said, “In March this year, we had offered they could keep their outlets open all seven days a week by registering online, but the response is very weak. We have come to know that the retailers find difficulty in registering online.”
“All those who wish to enjoy this facility simply need to get registered online with the labour department on its website www.hrlabour.org giving basic details with no extra cost.
These shops and establishment would no longer have to apply for special exemption under the Punjab Shops and Commercial Establishments Act 1958 to open round the clock for seven days a week,” Thakur said.
The outlets in shopping malls started closing on Tuesdays after a directive from the state government that had made it mandatory in March 2008 to close for a day every week.
B.R. Wasan of MGF Metropolitan Mall Retailers Association said, “The procedure for online registration has not picked up with the retailers as it is cumbersome. If the Haryana Government wants us to open all seven days, it can allow us otherwise also, without putting the condition of online registration.”
For the retailers, the offer of opening shop on Tuesdays isn’t good business either because even visitors take it for granted that they would be closed.
“I prefer to go to malls in south Delhi on Tuesdays when the shops are open and the places are bustling with crowd,” said Subh Girotara, a resident of Sushant Lok and frequent mall visitor.