The authorities ought to take into account permitting e-commerce gamers to ship non-essentials items amid lockdown on account of Covid-19 pandemic, analysis agency CUTS International stated on Monday.
It stated that the federal government’s resolution to allow e-commerce companies to ship solely important items will add to the general public hardship for customers in some ways, as an alternative of mitigating them.
It added that there are greater than twenty thousand full time on-line sellers offering round two lakh direct jobs whose livelihood relies upon upon e-commerce.
“By not taking on board online-sellers’ and consumers’ interests, the government has made a clear deviation from the multi-stakeholder process of decision making, which it has been boasting about,” CUTS’s Secretary General Pradeep S Mehta stated.
CUTS International strongly urges the federal government to not simply permit however encourage e-commerce corporations to leverage their infrastructure and assist numerous micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) to function easily. This may even advance well being security for customers, he stated.
E-commerce platforms, he added, should additionally guarantee some measures to forestall inadvertent unfold of virus, resembling: correct social distancing in all its operations; frequent use of hand sanitiser; sanitising the parcel simply earlier than supply; encouraging cashless funds; advising patrons to correctly wipe the bundle on supply, and wash their palms earlier than touching the rest.