Establishments to have Marathi signboards in city by Aug 28

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Mumbai, Aug 4 (UNI) All establishments in the Metropolis will have their signboards in Marathi, along with other languages, with effect from August 28.

The extablishments, big or small, registered under the shop and establishment act, have been directed by the Brihanmumbai Municipal corporation (BMC) to write their signboards in Marathi and below it in other languages.

This decision was revealed at a joint press conference here today by the BMC Standing committee Chairman Ravindra Vaikar and Municipal Commissioner Jairaj Phatak.

Mr Vaikar said ''We had given advertisements in newspapers on July 27, directing the eastablishments, to write their signboards in Marathi, within 30 days of the advertisement, otherwise face action.'' Mr Phatak clarified that it is not a new law. ''We are now implementing it as everyone should know the particulars of a shop while passing through it,'' he said.

''Earlier, it was not so strictly implemented, because the literacy ratio was low,'' he said.

There are more that 4.84 lakh establishments in the city registered under the Shop and Establishment Act, he added.

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