The state government on Tuesday introduced self-certification scheme as part of ease in doing business under its mission Make in Maharashtra.
The industries and shops and establishments will no longer be subjected to “inspector raj” and the onus of adhering to the laid guidelines to ensure fair business practices will be on individuals who would give an undertaking through self-certification.
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The decision will benefit 35,000 factories and 27 lakh shops and establishments in the state.
Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said, “We want to implement ease in doing business. The individuals will have to issue certificate affirming they are strictly adhering to the required norms.”
Once the self-certification is done, a database would be maintained and 20 per cent of the cases will be checked at random to verify compliance.
Government inspectors would monitor only if there are major complaints as regards compliance. The self-certification would be on par with a legal affidavit and violation of rules would be dealt with strictly, said Fadnavis.
In the decision taken on Tuesday, 16 Acts related to wages and labourers for businesses and shops and establishments have been clubbed under consolidated annual return which would be submitted to the labour department once a year.
Currently, industries are subjected to ad hoc inspection by various departments every month. Often there have been complaints from those doing business and shops seeking one time inspection instead of weekly or monthly inspection from several officers.
Amongst the 16 Acts which have been relaxed from routine inspection for trade and business which are non-hazardous include wages, contract, maternity laws, housing allowance, migrant labour, Motor Vehicles Act, Shops and Establishment Act and Beedi and Cigarette Act.
However, factories and units dealing with chemicals or hazardous materials will not get the exemption of periodic inspections.