Last week, the civic body issued a statement will start taking action from May 15 against those shops and establishment who fail to display signboards in Marathi. This development came nearly two months after the Maharashtra government amended the Maharashtra Shops and Establishment Act.
For those unversed, the BMC had brought out a circular on the amended Act in the first week of April. It says the letters in Marathi – Devanagari script in shop signboards cannot be kept smaller than the letters in other scripts. There are 5.08 lakh shops and establishments registered with BMC.
The objective was to close a legal loophole which the owners of small shops exploit to avoid putting up Marathi signboards (already required for bigger establishments).
Earlier, in December 2020, the Maharashtra government has asked the Konkan Railway to follow the three-language formula and use Marathi along with Hindi and English on the signages, advertisements.
In addition, in November 2020, the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government in Maharashtra had passed an order making Marathi language compulsory in central government offices in the state.