Supply of non-essential services by e-commerce to remain suspended till lockdown: MHA
New Delhi : The supply of all non-essential goods and services by e-commerce companies will remain suspended till May 3, said the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Sunday.
The nationwide lockdown in India was extended till May 3 by the government. The delivery of only essential goods will be allowed under the first phase of lockdown. Some relaxations will come to effect from April 20.
The Union Minister for Commerce and Industry Piyush Goyal welcomed the move by MHA.
"Grateful to Prime Minister Modi for the clarification that e-commerce companies can only supply essential goods during the lockdown. This will create a level playing field for small retailers," said the minister.
The industry body, the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) has also welcomed the development.
"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 CAIT Secretary-General Praveen Khandelwal.