Cell phones, televisions, fridges, laptops, and stationary objects might be allowed to be offered by e-commerce platforms like Amazon, Flipkart, and Snapdeal from April 20 in the course of the lockdown, officers stated on Thursday.
The clarification from a senior dwelling ministry official got here a day after Union House Secretary Ajay Bhalla issued revised tips for the prolonged lockdown interval until Might 3.
Digital objects like cellphones, TVs, laptops might be out there on the e-commerce platforms from April 20, the official stated.
Nonetheless, the supply vans of the e-commerce firms will want permission from authorities for plying on the roads.
In response to Wednesday’s tips, industrial and personal institutions have been allowed to function in the course of the prolonged lockdown.
“Autos utilized by e-commerce operators might be allowed to ply with obligatory permissions,” the ministry stated.
The earlier notifications of the house ministry had particularly stated that e-commerce platforms are allowed to promote solely important items like meals, prescribed drugs and medical gadgets.
The rules launched on Wednesday didn’t classify important and non-essential objects.
The transfer is being considered as an try by the federal government to revive the economic and industrial actions which have been stalled as a result of 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 guard the pursuits of this huge section of workers.
The rules additionally stated: “All amenities within the provide chain of important items, whether or not concerned in manufacturing, wholesale or retail of such items by native shops, massive brick and mortar shops or e-commerce firms must be allowed to function, making certain strict social distancing with none restriction on their timing of opening and closure”.
The federal government has additionally allowed motion of all vans and different items/ provider autos with two drivers and one helper topic to the driving force carrying a legitimate driving license.
An empty truck or car might be allowed to ply after the supply of products, or for choose up of products.
Outlets for truck repairs and dhabas (eateries) on highways, with a stipulated minimal distance as prescribed by the state and union territory authorities, might 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.
Whereas extending the lockdown until Might 3, the Prime Minister on Tuesday additionally declared that choose obligatory actions might be allowed to be opened up from April 20 in recognized areas of the nation.