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Can be done by submitting an e-form over the Internet

Non-registration would amount to an offence

Service inaugurated by Delhi Labour Minister

NEW DELHI: With the launch of the e-registration service under the Delhi Shops and Establishment Act, 1954, all establishments in the Capital are now required to get themselves registered under Section 5 of the Act. The service was inaugurated by Delhi Labour Minister Mangat Ram Singhal on Wednesday from Jeewan Centre functioning at the Delhi Secretariat.

According to the Delhi Government, the Delhi Shops and Establishment Act, 1954, applies to all establishments as defined in the Act. The term “establishment” means a shop, including godown, a commercial establishment, residential hotel, restaurant, eating house, theatre or other places of public amusement or entertainment. All these would now be required to register themselves and not doing so would amount to an offence.

Speaking about the service, Mr. Singhal informed that registration of shops and establishments could now be done electronically by submitting an e-form over the Internet on the website of Labour Department at www.labour.delhigovt.nic.in. The form for registration would have to be filled on the computer. Once all the information is entered, the acknowledgement slip and registration certificate would be issued automatically. No fee would be required for the registration.

Stating that all previous registration has now expired and all establishments are required to apply afresh, the Minister clarified that registration would also be necessary even if it had been obtained by the establishment under any other law applicable to it.

He also informed that the Jeewan Centre would facilitate registration and would charge a nominal fee for the services rendered. This fee would be charged by the Jeewan Centre and would not be a registration fee payable to the Government of Delhi.

Under the Act, owners of placement agencies supplying domestic servants have also been directed to get themselves registered.

“Failure to get the establishments registered under the Delhi Shops and Establishment Act is a punishable offence,” he cautioned.

Mr. Singhal said the Delhi Government would also be using the data for creating a directory of establishments. This would enable consumers to locate on the website establishments dealing with products which they may be interested in. Further, the data would also be linked with the geo-mapping of the city and a citizen at the click of the mouse would be able to locate any establishment or shop on the map of Delhi.

“This will undoubtedly give a boost to the trade of those who are registered,'' Mr. Singhal said.

The Minister has appealed to the owners of shops and establishments to utilise this opportunity not only to fulfil their statutory obligation but also to give fillip to their business.