New Delhi: On Wednesday, the centre allowed operations of courier services and e-commerce starting April 20. The Ministry of Home Affairs has also said that e-commerce companies can ply their vehicles, but with special permissions.
The relaxations are allowed to regions that are not at higher risk of coronavirus cases. E-commerce platforms were only permitted to sell only necessary goods such as pharmaceuticals, food, and medical services.
However, at the beginning of the nationwide lockdown, e-commerce companies had faced various issues regarding delivery personnel because of restrictions from the authorities.
Therefore, the Home Ministry permitted e-commerce companies to operate and deliver the necessary goods.
A spokesperson for Flipkart Group said:
“In accordance with the guidelines announced by the government of India and in collaboration with all state governments and local authorities, we will continue to serve consumers to promote social distancing through our sanitized supply chain, contact-less deliveries, and safe last-mile delivery processes.”
A spokesperson added:
“Our analytics teams are supporting sellers with market intelligence to ensure smooth listings on the platforms. Also, our supply chain team continues to maintain an intense focus on safety and health procedures in our facilities and staff that will support the movement of goods for sellers.”
On Wednesday, a Snapdeal spokesperson said:
“At this critical juncture, the e-commerce industry can ensure that citizens stay indoors and all their needs are met through home deliveries with immense precautions. We look forward to serving the nation in protecting both lives and livelihoods.”