E-karmika facility now across State

E-karmika facility now across State

The online facility for obtaining registration certificate, including renewal and amendments, for shops and commercial establishments has now been extended across the State.

The State government has made it mandatory to use “e-karmika” to obtain new registration certificate and seek renewal of the existing ones from April 1.

“Applications and the stipulated fee for new registration and renewal can be uploaded on the e-karmika portal. Once the fee is credited, the verification process will commence, and the certificate will be issued in 15 days,” said Deputy Labour Commissioner A H Umesh. Owners of shops and commercial establishments can also get details of amended registration or file annual returns using the online system. 

The e-karmika portal has information on list of documents required to be furnished and the fee for different services. All necessary documents can be scanned and uploaded on the portal, he added.

According to the Karnataka Shops and Commercial Establishments Act, 1962, shops mean any premises where any trade or business is carried on or where services are rendered to customers and includes offices, storerooms, godowns or warehouses.

Commercial establishments means commercial or trading or banking or insurance establishment, an establishment or administrative service in which persons employed are mainly engaged in office work, a hotel, restaurant, boarding or eating house, a cafe or any other refreshment house, a theatre or any other place of public amusement or entertainment.

Umesh said officials will conduct physical verification of the shops or establishment, if necessary, for issuing new registration certificate.

The online system was first introduced in Bengaluru division (revenue division) in 2013. It was extended to Mysuru division in 2014. The online system has now been extended to Belagavi and Kalaburagi divisions and has been made mandatory, he added.

Meanwhile, the ongoing survey by the Karnataka State Electronics Development Corporation Limited is in the final stage and is expected to be completed in three months.

The survey is aimed at preparing a digital data of shops and establishments to bring all unauthorised entities under the ambit of the Act.

All details of “B” register comprising name, address, kind of business and number of employees will be digitised.

The Act intends to regulate the condition of work and employment at all shops and establishments by making it mandatory to register, obtain a certificate and get it renewed once in five years.

Streamlining administration

*Portal route mandatory for getting registration certificate for shops
*Certificate to be issued within 15 days after paying the fee
*All necessary documents have to be scanned and uploaded on the portal
*New mechanism to regulate working conditions in all shops and establishments
*Govt survey shows nearly 25 per cent of shops in state not registered

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