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No supply of non-essentials by e-tailers in lockdown: Govt reverses stand

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April 19, 2020

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The govt had previously permitted e-commerce companies to also supply non-essential goods during the lockdown period till May 3




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E-commerce companies like Amazon and Flipkart, had reached out to the government seeking clarity on whether they would be allowed to sell non-essential items

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The Union Ministry of Home Affairs today reversed its earlier position of allowing to supply non-essential goods as well. In its latest order, released on Sunday, April 19, the government excluded non-essential goods as part of revised guidelines for issued by the govt on April 15.

The move to allow to supply both non-essential and essential goods during the extended national had faced strong opposition from brick and mortar retailers.

ALSO READ: E-commerce firms seek clarity on non-essentials; gear up for MHA guidelines

The Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) welcomed the latest move.

E-commerce companies like Amazon and Flipkart, had reached out to the government seeking clarity on whether they would be allowed to sell non-essential items under the fresh guidelines that were issued on April 15.

ALSO READ: Lockdown 2.0: E-tailers can sell non-essentials on state nod from April 20

The next day the government clarified that they were permitted to sell non-essentials as well. Today’s order reverses this decision.

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First Published: Sun, April 19 2020. 12:43 IST


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