Sale of non-essential commodities by e-commerce platforms won’t be allowed through the coronavirus lockdown interval in India, the Ministry of Home Affairs has mentioned on Sunday, April 19th. This directive comes simply days after the Indian authorities had determined to permit e-commerce platforms like Amazon India and Flipkart to start out delivering non-essential items from Monday, April 20th. Some e-commerce platforms had already begun taking orders for smartphones and different commodities, however it now appears to be like like they will be unable to ship these orders till the lockdown ends on May third.
Supply of non-essential items by e-Commerce firms to stay prohibited throughout lockdown: Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) pic.twitter.com/5wuB3mLXoT
— ANI (@ANI) April 19, 2020
The launch from the MHA reads,
“In continuation of Ministry of Home Affairs’s Order No. 40-3/2020-DM-I-(A) Dated 15th April, 2020 and 16th April, 2020 and in train of the powers, conferred underneath Section 10 (2) (I) of the Disaster Management Act, the undersigned, in his capability as Chairperson, National Executive Committee, hereby orders to exclude the next from the consolidated revised pointers for strict implementation by Ministries/Departments of Government of India, State/Union Territory Governments and State/Union Territory Authorities:
Sub-clause (v) underneath Clause 14 on Commercial and personal institutions
v. E-commerce firms. Vehicles utilized by e-commerce operators will likely be allowed to play with crucial permissions.”
In addition to Amazon and Flipkart, smartphone firms like Xiaomi had additionally introduced that they had been taking orders for smartphones and different merchandise on their very own web sites. Following the directive by the MHA, Xiaomi tweeted that it could perceive the newest replace intimately and would its followers up to date.
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— Mi India (@XiaomiIndia) April 19, 2020
On April 15th, the Home Ministry had allowed e-commerce firms and their automobiles to ply and begin deliveries non-essential good after April 20th. It continues to be unclear what e-commerce platforms like Amazon and Flipkart will do for orders that it has already obtained over the previous couple of days. We will comply with this story and maintain you up to date because it develops.
Amazon, Flipkart and different e-commerce firms will proceed to ship important items like groceries, meals and medicines through the lockdown.