E-commerce companies will not be able to sell items like mobile-fridges in the lockdown after the central government’s U-turn. The Union Home Ministry has ordered that the online delivery of unneeded goods by e-commerce companies during lockdown will not be allowed. Retailers have welcomed the government’s decision. Before this, the supply of these items was allowed from April 20 after approval.
The Union Home Ministry has clarified that in the second phase of the ongoing nationwide lockdown caused by the Coronavirus, the ban on supplying unnecessary goods to e-commerce companies will remain in place. The government has extended the lockdown until May 3 to prevent the spread of corona infection across the country.
Following the government’s decision, e-commerce companies such as Amazon, Flipkart, and Snapdeal will no longer be able to sell unnecessary goods on their platforms. This means that non-essential items such as televisions, freezers, ACs or mobiles cannot be purchased through this e-commerce platform during this period.
The government has allowed e-commerce companies to operate in the lockdown. But it cannot deliver unnecessary goods. Last week, the home ministry allowed some activities to start on April 20. Flipkart and Amazon also started taking orders for non-essential items after being allowed to work. But now the government has made it clear in an order issued to the states and union territories that e-commerce companies and their vehicles will be used only for the delivery of essential goods. The ban on the delivery of non-essential goods will continue. However, the reason for the reversal of the order was not immediately disclosed.
After April 20, shops selling fruit, vegetables, and cleaning supplies will reopen after a review of areas where the government has managed to stop the corona. Grocery and ration shops, dairy-milk booths, poultry, meat, fish, and fodder shops will be opened. Apart from that electricians, IT repairmen, plumbers, motor mechanics, carpenters, couriers, DTH, and cable services will be allowed.
Apart from this, from April 20, offices providing data and call center, IT, and related services working only for government activities will be able to start with up to 50 percent staff. Private security and maintenance services of office and residential premises, highway truck repair shops, and dumps will be opened for truck drivers. Along with this, it will be the responsibility of the state governments to ensure compliance with social discrimination.