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The Government of Karnataka on Saturday allowed all shops and other commercial establishments in the state employing 10 or more people to remain open for 24 hours all days of the year for the next three years.

The state government's decision is aimed at generating employment and spurring Karnataka's economy that has been hit hard by the novel coronavirus pandemic.

In an official release, the Yediyurappa government said, "In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (1) of section 11 read with sub section (2) of section 12 of the Karnataka Shops and Commercial Establishment Act, 1961 (Karnataka Act 08 of 1962) and in partial modification of notifications issued in this behalf, the Government of Karnataka after holding an enquiry as required under sub section (2) of section 11 hereby permits all Shops and Commercial Establishments in the State employing ten or more persons to be open on 24 X 7 basis on all days of the year for a period of three years from the date of publication of this notification in the Official Gazette subject to the provisions of sub section (3) of section 12."

'No employee should work over 10 hours a day'

In the order, the Karnataka government said that no employee should be made to work more than ten hours a day.

"All employers shall not require or allow any person employed to work therein for more than eight hours in any day and forty-eight hours in any week and the period of work including overtime shall not exceed ten hours in any day," the government notification read.

The employer shall appoint additional staff in order to allow every employee to avail one day holiday in a week on a rotation basis. If an employee is made to work beyond eight hours in a day, she will have to be paid an overtime allowance, the government said.

Women employees shall not be allowed to work beyond 8.00 pm on any day in normal circumstances.

The state government added: "Provided that an employer after obtaining written consent from a women employee may allow her to work between 8.00 PM and 6 AM subject to providing adequate protection to her dignity, honour and safety."

The wages including overtime wages of the employees shall be credited to their savings bank account as prescribed under the payments of wages Act, 1963, it further said.

The new system shall be applicable for the next three years, the state government said.

Covid vaccine dry run held in Karnataka

On Saturday, the dry run exercise was held "smoothly" in five districts of Karnataka. It was held at Kalaburagi, Shivamogga, Mysuru, Belagavi, and Bengaluru districts in which 25 beneficiaries, including designated health staff at each of the identified Primary Health Centres, taluk and district hospitals, participated.

It was held at Kalaburagi, Shivamogga, Mysuru, Belagavi, and Bengaluru districts in which 25 beneficiaries, including designated health staff at each of the identified Primary Health Centres, taluk and district hospitals, participated.

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