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Mumbai: BMC says 79.28% shops and establishments displayed Marathi signboards. photo credit: AFP

MumbaiFollowing the order of the Supreme Court, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has stayed action against establishments not installing Marathi signboards from Saturday.

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Confirming the news, the civic official said, “We have inspected only 5% of the shops across the city and 80% of them have put up Marathi signboards. So we only gave notices to the shops and gave them time to put up Marathi boards. We will follow the order of the court and do not act till the given date.”

There are about five lakh shops in the city. In the last one month, municipal teams have visited 27,180 shops, of which 80 per cent had sign boards in Marathi. While 5,011 violators were served notices.

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the amendment says

As per amendments to the Maharashtra Shops and Establishments (Regulation of Employment and Conditions of Service) Act, 2017, all shops in Mumbai must compulsorily display Marathi signboards in Devanagari script.

It is also mentioned that the font size of the letters in Marathi language should be prominently visible and should be bigger than the fonts of other languages ​​being used on the signboard.

BMC initiates action against shops after extending deadline 3 times

After extending the deadline thrice till September 30, the BMC had started its action against shops violating the norms.

As per the Act, the civic body had imposed a fine of Rs. 2,000 per employee of the shop. As per the Act BMC can impose fine on shops and dispose off the matter if shops display boards in Marathi without filing court cases.

Meanwhile, the Federation of Retail Traders Welfare Association (FRTWA) challenged the constitutionality of the amendment. The top court has stayed the BMC’s action till December 18.

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