Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT), in a letter to Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal, said that large e-commerce companies are continuing to supply non-essential items despite government orders to avoid such deliveries.
The Confederation of All India Traders spoke to the Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal about major ecommerce companies still engaging in delivery of non-essential items despite government orders to stop them.
“In furtherance of the illegal activities being carried out by Amazon and Flipkart, they have now started taking undue advantage of the pandemic by making illegitimate financial gains by supplying non-essential items which have been prohibited by many state administration”- the CAIT in a letter to Piyush Goyal.
This is further impacting the kirana stores and small scale business owners in a negative way, since they are unable to step out in this pandemic. This issue has been brought up for the third time now by the traders’ body in front of the Union Minister.
Amidst curfew on movement of goods alongside the people, online shopping is still being permitted by the government.
Via 40,000 trade associations, CAIT represents over eight crore traders across India. E-commerce companies may “pressurise” governments through lobby groups to enable sale and delivery of non-essential goods in places where lockdown and curfews have been placed, according to the trade body’s letter to the minister.
The CAIT also stated that non-essentials being sold via e-commerce sites would accelerate the “uneven level-playing field” for traders whose stores would be closed due to curfew orders.