Piyush Goyal promises safe delivery of essential goods

Our Bureau New Delhi | Updated on March 27, 2020 Published on March 27, 2020

Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal assured large retail operators and e-commerce players such as Flipkart, Amazon India, Metro Cash & Carry, Walmart and Safexpress, that the government was committed to ensuring that essential goods reached people safely during the lockdown period.

Goyal, through a video conference, on Thursday discussed the problems being faced by top players in the retail segment due to the lockdown and how they could be resolved, according to an official statement.

The participants incuded Snapdeal, Shopclues, Grofers, NetMed, PharmEasy, Big Basket, Swiggy and PayTM. The country, at the moment, is in the midst of a 21-day lockdown to check the spread of Covid-19.

Retail shops and e-commerce companies have been complaining about various restrictions being faced by them in delivering products, despite the government’s decision to allow movement of food products and other essentials. The Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) has been regularly engaging with retailers and e-commerce companies to ensure that the supply chain of essential goods is maintained, the statement added.

“As a result of the efforts taken by the DPIIT, the Ministry of Home affairs has issued standard operating procedure for State government’s guidance on how to handle the various aspects related to supply of essential goods,” it said.

Published on March 27, 2020

A letter from the Editor

Dear Readers,

The coronavirus crisis has changed the world completely in the last few months. All of us have been locked into our homes, economic activity has come to a near standstill. Everyone has been impacted.

Including your favourite business and financial newspaper. Our printing and distribution chains have been severely disrupted across the country, leaving readers without access to newspapers. Newspaper delivery agents have also been unable to service their customers because of multiple restrictions.

In these difficult times, we, at BusinessLine have been working continuously every day so that you are informed about all the developments – whether on the pandemic, on policy responses, or the impact on the world of business and finance. Our team has been working round the clock to keep track of developments so that you – the reader – gets accurate information and actionable insights so that you can protect your jobs, businesses, finances and investments.

We are trying our best to ensure the newspaper reaches your hands every day. We have also ensured that even if your paper is not delivered, you can access BusinessLine in the e-paper format – just as it appears in print. Our website and apps too, are updated every minute, so that you can access the information you want anywhere, anytime.

But all this comes at a heavy cost. As you are aware, the lockdowns have wiped out almost all our entire revenue stream. Sustaining our quality journalism has become extremely challenging. That we have managed so far is thanks to your support. I thank all our subscribers – print and digital – for your support.

I appeal to all or readers to help us navigate these challenging times and help sustain one of the truly independent and credible voices in the world of Indian journalism. Doing so is easy. You can help us enormously simply by subscribing to our digital or e-paper editions. We offer several affordable subscription plans for our website, which includes Portfolio, our investment advisory section that offers rich investment advice from our highly qualified, in-house Research Bureau, the only such team in the Indian newspaper industry.

A little help from you can make a huge difference to the cause of quality journalism!

Support Quality Journalism
This article is closed for comments.
Please Email the Editor
You have read 1 out of 3 free articles for this week. For full access, please subscribe and get unlimited access to all sections.