Swatantrata Center welcomes the Telangana government’s amendment to the Telangana Shops and Establishment Act 1988 to allow shops and establishments to operate 24×7, as part of its efforts to promote ease of doing business in the state. We believe that this decision by the Telangana government will improve economic activity. This move is expected to provide greater convenience to customers and create more jobs, while also improving the competitiveness of businesses in the state and improving the overall quality of life of people.
Swatantrata Center founder & president Venkatesh Geriti said State’s decision to open businesses 24/7 is historical and it marks a new direction towards greater prosperity, better livelihoods, and enhances the quality of products and services at affordable prices. We run a campaign for street vendors since 2019 to strengthen the Street Vendors Act 2014 and promote business-friendly economic reforms. The Campaign promotes businesses, especially street vending to remain open 24×7 in Telangana state.
Raghavendar Askani co-founder of swatantrata center told “We have been actively engaged in advocating for better policies and practices that can support the growth of these enterprises. We believe that the recent decision by the Telangana government is a step in the right direction, and we congratulate and welcome this move.”
At the same time, we recognize that there are still many challenges that need to be addressed in order to ensure that the market-friendly business environment is implemented effectively. We call on the government to take proactive steps to address these challenges, including providing adequate resources and capacity-building support to local governments, strengthening accountability measures, and reducing the cost of formalizing vendors.
By working together with the government, civil society organizations, and other stakeholders, we can create an enabling environment for street vendors and small businesses to thrive, and contribute to the overall economic growth and development of Telangana.