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Corporator Ravindra Vaykar had proposed a plan to bring the unification in the nameplates of the shops in February 2005 

bmcMumbai: Though it is mandatory to put up shop names in Marathi, it is natural for the shopkeepers to put up the name plates in other languages along with Marathi, as the citizens are multilingual.

Thus the decision to put up Marathi nameplates on compulsory basis does not stand practical. Thus the Marathi letter ‘Ma’, the short form for Marathi is soon to be removed from the banners of the shops.

Corporator Ravindra Vaykar had proposed a plan to bring the unification in the nameplates of the shops in February 2005 through an accord notice to the civic body.

In reply the administration has clarified that the civic body did not find it reasonable to put up the entire name plates of the shops in Marathi mandatorily.

Under Mumbai Shops and Establishments rule 1948 and under Establishment rule 1961, it is a provision that the name plates of the shops should be made in Marathi. But there is no provision for the size of the name plate. The administration replied that it did not find it reasonable to make the size of the nameplates mandatory.

But under Maharashtra shops and establishments rule 1961, the government has introduced an undertone in in rule no. 20 in the year 1981. As per the rule, it is mandatory to put up the nameplates of the shops in Marathi for all the shop keepers.

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