Centre for Public Policy Research (CPPR) conducted a discussion forum on the Model Shops and Establishments Act with the members of the Trivandrum Chamber of Commerce and Industry (TCCI) at the Chamber building in Thiruvananthapuram on August 2, 2017. The participants agreed that the progressive act would boost job opportunities, as it allowed shops and establishments to operate 24/7 and 365 days a year and permitted women to work on nightshifts. Some of the employers expressed their concern about the shortage of labour and issues faced during governmental inspections. Majority of the stakeholders agreed that night shopping will help in boosting the economy and increasing job opportunities. They believed that the implementation of the act will bring about a change in the cultural and social-economic conditions in the society.
Sara John (Project Associate, CPPR) delivered the keynote address and presentation on the Model Shops and Establishment Act. A Alexander (Additional Labour Commissioner, Kerala) and Arun (Deputy Labour Commissioner, Kerala) gave their remarks on the topic. S N Raghuchandran Nair (President, TCCI) delivered the welcome address.