Supply Of Non-Essential Goods By E-Commerce Firms To Remain Prohibited During Lockdown: Govt

Supply Of Non-Essential Goods By E-Commerce Firms To Remain Prohibited During Lockdown: GovtThe products of e-commerce companies at a courier station in New Delhi, India. (Priyanka Parashar/Mint via GettyImages)  

The Union government on Sunday (19 April) revised its earlier guidelines and stated that the supply of non-essential goods by e-Commerce companies will remain prohibited during coronavirus lockdown, reports Asian News International.

It should be noted that the Home Ministry order of 15 April had allowed e-commerce companies and their vehicles to supply non-essential items such as mobile phones, refrigerators and ready-made garments from 20 April.

In continuation of consolidated lockdown guideline issued earlier, the Ministry of Home Affairs issued the fresh guideline on Sunday, stating the states and the Union Territories (UTs) implement the same with immediate effect under the Disaster Management rules.

In his capacity as Chairperson, National Executive Committee, Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla issued the order for strict implementation by other ministries and departments.

"E-commerce companies, vehicles used by e-commerce operators will be allowed to ply with necessary permissions," the fresh guideline mentions.

The fresh guideline was issued as the first phase of 21-day lockdown period was extended by 19 days by the Prime Minister in the wake of growing cases of novel coronavirus which has claimed 507 deaths in India.

With IANS Inputs