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CORONAVIRUS LOCKDOWN: GOVERNMENT MAKES A U-TURN, PROHIBITS SALES OF NON-ESSENTIAL ITEMS THROUGH E-COMMERCE, HERE’S WHY?

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The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on April 19 said that the supply of non-essential goods by e-commerce companies will remain prohibited during the nationwide lockdown, which is meant to stop the spread of the COVID-19 Coronavirus.




Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla issued an order excluding the non-essential items from the cart of e-commerce companies.




The order said the following clause — “E-commerce companies. Vehicles used by e-commerce operators will be allowed to ply with necessary permissions — is excluded from the guidelines.




The April 15 order had said e-commerce platforms were allowed to sell such items from April 20.




“CAIT demolished a sinister plan of e-commerce companies to trade in non-essential commodities.




Accepting the objection of CAIT, the MHA excluded the permission granted earlier and now e-commerce can only trade in essential commodities,




” said Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) Secretary-General Praveen Khandelwal.

There were several reports of delivery partners of e-commerce firms being roughed up by the police, but eventually the Home Ministry assured the companies that they would be able to operate and deliver essential goods.

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