Mobiles, TVs to Be Available on E-Commerce Platforms From April 20


Mobile telephones, televisions, fridges, laptops, and stationary objects shall be allowed to be offered via e-commerce platforms like Amazon, Flipkart, and Snapdeal from April 20 throughout the lockdown, officers mentioned on Thursday.

The clarification from a senior house ministry official got here a day after Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla issued revised guidelines for the prolonged lockdown interval until May 3.

Electronic objects like cellphones, TVs, laptops shall be out there on the e-commerce platforms from April 20, the official mentioned.

However, the supply vans of the e-commerce corporations will want permission from authorities for plying on the roads.

According to Wednesday’s tips, industrial and personal institutions have been allowed to function throughout the prolonged lockdown.

“Vehicles used by e-commerce operators will be allowed to ply with necessary permissions,” the ministry mentioned.

The earlier notifications of the house ministry had particularly mentioned that e-commerce platforms are allowed to promote solely important items like meals, prescribed drugs and medical units.

The tips launched on Wednesday didn’t classify important and non-essential objects.

The transfer is being seen as an try by the federal government to revive the commercial and industrial actions which have been stalled due to the lockdown since March 25.

Numerous individuals are engaged within the logistics and supply works of such e-commerce platforms.

By opening the sector, the federal government is attempting to defend the pursuits of this massive section of staff.

The tips additionally mentioned: “All facilities in the supply chain of essential goods, whether involved in manufacturing, wholesale or retail of such goods through local stores, large brick and mortar stores or e-commerce companies should be allowed to operate, ensuring strict social distancing without any restriction on their timing of opening and closure”.

The authorities has additionally allowed motion of all vans and different items/ service autos with two drivers and one helper topic to the driving force carrying a legitimate driving license.

An empty truck or car shall be allowed to ply after the supply of products, or for decide up of products.

Shops for truck repairs and dhabas (eateries) on highways, with a stipulated minimal distance as prescribed by the state and union territory authorities, shall be allowed to function.

The lockdown was first introduced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on March 24 for 21 days in a bid to fight the coronavirus endemic.

While extending the lockdown until May 3, the Prime Minister on Tuesday additionally declared that choose mandatory actions shall be allowed to be opened up from April 20 in recognized areas of the nation.

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