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US-India advocacy group urges govt to permit Amazon, Flipkart, others promote books, followers beneath lockdown

The authorities had requested e-commerce firms to ship solely important items beneath the present lockdown.

Policy-advocacy group US-India Strategic Partnership Forum (USISPF) has requested the federal government to make clear whether or not electrical followers and academic books for college kids will be offered by e-commerce firms (comparable to Amazon, Flipkart, Snapdeal, others) as important gadgets. The discussion board in a letter, signed by its president and CEO Mukesh Aghi on Tuesday, to the Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla sought his “guidance on whether e-commerce platforms will be allowed to sell educational books for students,” to assist college students proceed with their schooling. It additionally urged Bhalla to “consider allowing e-commerce entities to make the same (electric fans) available on their platforms as well.” The request comes two days after the federal government in its newest notification had included ‘shops of educational books for students’ and ‘shops of electric fans’ beneath the record of exempted important companies through the lockdown. A replica of the letter, despatched on Wednesday, was seen by the Financial Express Online.

“With the kind of summers we face in India the bare minimum product that is required in every household in India is an electric fan,” USISPF stated that makes advocacy efforts throughout healthcare, infrastructure, monetary companies, companies, protection and workforce mobility areas between the 2 nations. It asserted that e-commerce channels of supply are already in place for important gadgets and therefore they will additional assist the supply of books and followers. The authorities had enforced lockdown tips final month on e-commerce firms to ship solely important gadgets together with grocery and meals gadgets, healthcare and hygiene merchandise and many others.

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E-commerce firms, nonetheless, had deliberate to renew full-scale operations from April 20 onwards after the federal government order final week permitting such companies to function beneath lockdown although it didn’t particularly state that non-essentials can be allowed. This was clarified in a notification by the house secretary this previous Sunday to all state chief secretaries and secretaries of ministries and authorities departments stated “sub-clause (v) under clause 14 on commercial and private establishments” has been excluded from the consolidated revised tips. The sub-clause (v) referred to “e-commerce companies. Vehicles used by e-commerce operators will be allowed to ply with necessary permissions.”

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