The Confederation of all Indian traders (CAIT) wrote an email to Minister of Commerce and Industry Piyush Goyal to step in and make sure e-commerce companies like it Amazon, Flipkart and others are prohibited from delivering non-essential goods to buyers in states that have curfew. The trade organization says this is extremely “important in maintaining parity between online and offline trading”.
Governments in Maharashtra and Delhi have announced restrictions on the movement of goods and people, and have imposed curfews at night and on weekends to address the emerging Covid-19 cases. While there are strict restrictions on the general public, both governments have allowed online shopping.
CAIT represents over eight Crore dealers across India through 40,000 trade associations. The trade organization said in its letter to the minister that e-commerce companies could lobby governments to pressure governments to allow the sale and delivery of non-essential goods in places where lockouts and curfews have been imposed.
“The sinister intentions of these companies to take advantage of the coronavirus pandemic is a shameful act, showing that they are the least pandemic or victim and more interested in spreading wings of their business on people’s coffins,” CAIT said in his letter.
“It is shocking that few of the leading players in e-commerce are trying to drive physical merchants out of the market by asking permission to sell non-essentials through e-commerce in different states and themselves and through their lobby groups to represent them with the government. We take great note of this and want to make it clear to the government that if e-commerce companies are allowed to sell the essentials, they are creating an unequal playing field for the merchants whose stores are closed for compliance with the rules Curfew Orders while these companies are allowed to sell goods through e-commerce. It will be a grave injustice for traders in India and it will demotivate traders, ”it added.