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MAHARASHTRA’S NEW SIGN BOARD RULES

MAHARASHTRA’S NEW SIGN BOARD RULES

Context:

The government of Maharashtra has made a new law in which all small shops and centres should use the Devanagari script to display Marathi signboards.

  • Marathi is the Indo-Aryan language spoken mainly by the Marathi people in Maharashtra.
  • It is the official language of Maharashtra.

About the new law on billboards in stores and centres:

  • The Maharashtra government has made it compulsory for small shops and centres to display Marathi nameplates.
  • Maha Vikas Aghadi (Sena-NCP-Congress) cleared an amendment to the Maharashtra Shops and Establishment (Regulation of Employment and Condition of Service) Act, 2017, including shops and facilities with less than 10 employees.
  • The amendment also stipulates that the Marathi-Devanagari text font cannot be smaller than the fonts of other scripts.
  • In the event of a violation of the law, action may be instituted as per the Shops Act, 2017.
  • The decision will include grocery stores, offices, hotels, restaurants, bars, and theatres.
  • In Mumbai, over 70% of establishments are small, with BMC recording showing that out of a total of 6.18 lakh shops and establishments, 4.56 lakh had less than 10 workers.

Devanagari script:

  • It is a left-to-right abugida based on the Brāhmī script.

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