As per the directives of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, shops, stalls and markets are being closed across the country from 8 pm onwards to save electricity and energy. However, raw markets, drug stores, restaurants, cinemas or theaters can be kept open.
The decision was taken at a meeting chaired by State Minister Begum Mannujan Sufian at the Ministry of Labor and Employment on Sunday.
After the meeting, Mannujan Sufian said that all the shops will be closed after 8 pm as per the instructions of the Prime Minister. The directive has already been sent to the upazila level across the country and the government will take necessary steps to implement it.
He further said that the traders have demanded to keep it open till 10 pm on the occasion of Eid-ul-Adha. The proposal will be sent to the Prime Minister’s Office in summary form.
The meeting was attended by representatives of Dhaka North and South City Corporation, Employers Federation, FBCCI, MCCI, BGMEA, BKMEA, Bangladesh Shop Owners Association, Dhaka Chamber and various business owners’ organizations, trade unions and Ministry of Commerce, Power and Industry.
Last June 16, the Director General of the Prime Minister’s Office (Administration) said. The letter, signed by Ahsan Kibria Siddique, said, “The Prime Minister has directed to take steps to save electricity and energy in the current situation due to the continuous rise in global energy prices.” It was requested to take necessary steps to ensure that shops, shopping malls, markets, shopping malls, etc. are not kept open after 8 pm in strict compliance with the provisions of Section 114 of Bangladesh Labor Act 2006.
According to the labor law, the establishments which can be kept open after 8 pm are: dock, jetty, station or airport and transport service terminal office; Shops selling vegetables, meat, fish, dairy products, bread, pastries, sweets and flowers; Stores for medicines, operating equipment, bandages or medical supplies; A shop selling items needed for burials and funerals; Tobacco, Cigarettes, Pan-Bidi, Ice, Newspapers, Magazines and Retail Stores Retail, petrol pumps for sale of petrol and non-repair motor vehicle service stations; Barbers & Hairdressers; Any sewage or sanitation; Any industry, business or organization that provides energy, light or water to the people and clubs, hotels, restaurants, food shops, movies or theaters.
What will happen in the case of the grocery store, the secretary said in response to a question from reporters. Elahi Elahi said that all types of shops will be closed except those institutions which are said to be outside the guidelines of the law. In that case, the grocery store will be closed after 8 pm. However, if there is a buyer in the shop for buying and selling, the buyer can be given the opportunity to shop for up to half an hour.
(Dhaka Times / 19 June / ES)
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