To promote the use of the Marathi language in the state, the Maharashtra Government announced on Wednesday that they have made it compulsory for shops with less than 10 employees to use signboards in Marathi.
“The Maharashtra Shops and Establishments (Regulation of Employment and Conditions of Service) Act will be amended for this. The decision was taken at the weekly cabinet meeting,” Industries Minister Subhash Desai, who also holds the Marathi language portfolio in the Uddhav Thackeray cabinet, told reporters.
He also said that the motive behind this decision was to close a legal loophole that the small shop owners exploit to avoid putting up Marathi signboards.
The Raj Thackeray led government of Maharashtra Navnirman Sena, the rival of coalition partner Shiv Sena had protested in the past demanding signboards to be in Marathi.
Subhash Desai said that the decision will further mention the name of the signboards in the Devanagari script (Marathi) that must not be smaller than other scripts. In November 2020, the MVA government in Maharashtra had passed an order to make the Marathi language compulsory in central government offices of the state.
“Disciplinary action has been warned against officials who do not use Marathi for official work,” the order had stated.
In December 2020, the state government had asked the Konkan Railway to follow the 3 language formula and use Marathi along with Hindi and English on the advertisements.
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