It has been clarified by Ministry of Home Affairs that supply of non-essential goods by e-commerce companies will remain prohibited during lockdown. Text of the relevant MHA Order is as follows:-
Government of India
Ministry of Home Affairs
North Block, New Delhi-110001
Dated 19th April, 2020
In continuation of Ministry of Home Affairs’s Order No. 40-3/2020-DM-I(A) Dated 15th April, 2020 and 16th April, 2020 and in exercise of the powers, conferred under Section 10(2)(1) 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
v. E-commerce companies. Vehicles used by e-commerce operators will be allowed to ply with necessary permissions.
1. The Secretaries of Ministries/ Departments of Government of India
2. The Chief Secretaries/Administrators of States/Union Territories (As per list attached)
i. All members of the National Executive Committee.
ii. Member Secretary, National Disaster Management Authority.