After turning the heat on shopping malls and retail chains for violating conditions of exemptions for extended functioning, the labour department is looking to shift its focus to pubs and night clubs, in the city. But with the excise and police department invol-ved, their plans might just fizzle out.
According to the labour department, pubs are classified as restaurants by them and thus should close down by 11 pm. But pubs remain open till midnight and even past that on weekends.
The department said it will go after pubs in the ‘second phase’, expectedly in May, since the prosecutions and cancellations of exemptions given to shopping malls and commercial establishments is likely to go on till the end of this month.
“We will go after bars and pubs in the next phase. We are covering everyone slowly. We want them to honour the law,” B. Ramanjaneyulu, labour department commissioner said.
Sources from the labour department said that it is not going to be as simple as the other operations since they would have to synchronise with the excise and the police departments. “Pubs are a different ball game since liquor is involved. The excise department also grants permissions and thus it can’t be that simple for us,” an official said.
Pub owners, on the other hand, say they have all the permissions from competent authorities. The manager of a popular club of Secunderabad said, “Our employees work in shifts and we have all the required permissions from the authorities.”