Online Retailers Gave Unfair Advantage, Says Kerala Traders Forum – The New Indian Express
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The exemption granted to e-commerce businesses causes huge losses for local retailers, whose operations are either minimized or prohibited during the triple lockdown, alleged Kerala Vyapari Vyavasayi Ekopana Samithi.
In this context, members of the Samithi approached the chief secretary against an order from the state police chief granting an exemption to the movement of essential goods through e-commerce agencies into the containment zones.
A message issued by State Police Chief Loknath Behera to his deputies on May 15 asks them to allow the movement of essential products through e-commerce agencies such as “Amazon Seller Service Pvt Ltd, Flipkart Internet Pvt Ltd, its logistics branch Ekart, Instakart Services Pvt Ltd, IMG, Gilbarco Veeder Root India Pvt Ltd, GVR-Petrol, diesel, dispensing unit manufacturers, Medlife, Pharmeasy, Netmeds and Grofers, etc. “.
The message says that all operations can be authorized by these agencies, from the movement of delivery people to the movement of trucks between states and between states.
Movement of personnel to delivery stations should be permitted, even if the latter are in containment areas, as directed by the CPS. KVVES Secretary of State SS Manoj said the police chief’s leadership gave online marketplaces an unfair advantage.
“Local traders selling essentials in triple-locked districts are only allowed to operate for six hours every two days. Others like those who sell novelty items, textiles, household appliances and cell phones are not even allowed to open. Meanwhile, e-commerce agencies can sell any of these products without any restrictions, ”he said. The new Indian Express.