MHA prohibits Supply of Non-Essential Goods by E-Commerce Companies amid Lockdown

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Supply of non-essential goods by e-commerce companies will remain prohibited during the lockdown period, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said on Sunday.

The government had earlier eased restrictions on e-commerce companies. The move allowed the e-commerce companies to resume operations before the lockdown ends on May 3, 2020.

Earlier the Ministry of Home Affairs(MHA) did not explicitly exclude the supply of non-essential items by online sellers in its list of revised guidelines.

Amazon, Flipkart had sought clarification on what items could be delivered during the lockdown after Ministry of Home Affairs  issued its set of guidelines

“In continuation of Ministry of Home Affairs Order No. 40-3/2020-DM-I-(A) Dated 15th April 2020 and 16th April 2020 and in the exercise of the powers, conferred under Section 10 (2) (I) of the Disaster Management Act, the undersigned, in his capacity as Chairperson, National Executive Committee, hereby orders to exclude the following from the consolidated revised guidelines for strict implementation by Ministries/Departments of Government of India, State/Union Territory Governments and State/Union Territory Authorities:

Sub-clause (v) under Clause 14 on Commercial and private establishments Vehicles used by e-commerce operators will be allowed to ply with necessary permissions,” latest directive from MHA said.

E-Commerce - Essential Goods - Taxscan

E-Commerce – Essential Goods – Taxscan