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UP and Gujarat joins other states to allow e-commerce sales in non-essentials, Retail News, ET Retail

UP and Gujarat joins other states to allow e-commerce sales in non-essentialsKOLKATA: Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat on Friday joined the list of the states who have given permission to e-commerce sales and delivery of all goods from April 20 by issuing notifications, with the country in the second phase of the lockdown till May 3.

Already, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Odisha had issued notifications which allowed such sales. India’s two largest e-commerce marketplaces, Flipkart and Amazon, along with Snapdeal, Myntra and Paytm Mall are preparing for complete start of business.

A senior industry executive said even if other states do not give any specific notification, they have informed the e-commerce industry that they are going to follow the Centre’s guidelines to start e-commerce operations.

“All states are aligned in the decision to open e-commerce. The ministry of home affairs guidelines are most liberal. States can only make them stricter. So, if any state does not issue any notification, the MHA guideline will be followed as the de facto one,” said an industry executive.

This comes at a time when offline retailers have taken up the issue with the Centre and states that allowing e-commerce will further ruin their business which is already badly affected.

The retail industry apex body, Retailers Association of India has urged the state governments to also include home delivery along with e-commerce so that the offline retailers can also start their business following protocols of social distancing.

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