HYDERABAD: The proposed retail trade policy will give fillip to employment with an attempt to bring a focused attention to promotion of retail market and all associated activities in the state.
Chief secretary Rajiv Sharma on Friday held meeting with officials of municipal administration, industries, labour, and home department and deliberated on the proposed policy which is in the draft stage. The policy will now be sent to the cabinet for approval.
Speaking at the meeting, principal secretary, industries, Arvind Kumar, said the policy was framed with an objective to boost Telangana’s position in the retail trade within the country and to create more employment opportunities to the youth.
The meeting took stock of the various inter-departmental issues which needed to be addressed.
It was decided to allow retail enterprises to undertake stocking and inventory management between 5 am and 2 am.
Under the proposed policy, women employees will be permitted to work beyond 10 p.m. after taking care of all safety precautions on par with service sector.
The meeting has agreed in principle for establishing retail entertainment zones, including kids entertainment zones, setting up world-class warehouses on public private partnership basis and to recognise distribution centres on par with the service industry.
The meeting has decided to appoint a nodal officer for retail trade policy to facilitate single window clearance, simplification of labour laws, inclusion of food and grocery retailing in essential services, relaxation of stocking limit under Essential Commodities Act. An empowered committee at the state-level would be constituted to monitor implementation of retail policy.
Objectives of the Policy
■ To boost state’s position in retail trade within the country
■ To further accelerate investment flow to underdeveloped regions of the state
■ To create more employment opportunities
■ Leverage retail trade as a tool for socio-economic development of the state
■ To provide backward linkage in the state by tying up buying from direct source located within the state
■ Nodal officer to be appointed to facilitate single window clearance
■ Simplification of labour laws
■ Inclusion of food and grocery retailing in essential services
■ Relaxation of stocking limit under Essential Commodities Act
■ HRD and skill development in retail enterprise
■ Creation of Retail Entertainment Zones (REZ)
■ Distribution centres to be treated as industries
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