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India Coronavirus News: On the day of the outages, Center, state governments seek to secure stable supplies | India News


NEW DELHI: As India entered a 21-day blockade starting Wednesday, the Center, state and local administrations were quick to resolve disruptions to essential services, especially the delivery of food, groceries and medicines, with Reports from different parts of the country of the police obstruct and even hit distribution executives, prompting BigBasket and Grofers to e-commerce and major online retailer Flipkart to stop accepting new orders.

In addition, many essential daily items have been off the shelves primarily because the blocking of trucks between factories, warehouses, and grocery stores has been affected.

In a circular addressed to the top secretaries and DGPs of all states, the Home Office said that while it was imperative to successfully implement the reported blockade, it was also necessary to ensure the unimpeded delivery of essential services exempt from various prohibition orders. All states were asked to establish 24×7 control rooms, help lines at the state and district levels and to appoint nodal officers to ensure the smooth supply and availability of essential products and services during the shutdown.

In all cities, the chorus was that commodities were either in short supply or not available in stores and were not delivered to the home by electronic retailers. In Gurgaon and Noida, NCR authorities issued notifications allowing e-commerce companies delivering groceries and cooked meals to operate after being inundated with complaints of canceled orders and angry residents asking why restrictions had affected the provision of essential services. despite the Prime Minister’s guarantee of accessibility. to them during the confinement.

Noida will now issue passes for passengers and vehicles that are dedicated to delivering essential items. A complaints control room has been established, as provided by the Center. All grocery, milk and vegetable stores in Noida and Greater Noida will be open from 6 a.m. at 11 p.m. The wholesale vegetable market in Noida will ensure the availability of supplies for delivery applications, the DM said. In Gurgaon, the Covid-19 Nodal Officer held a meeting with representatives of the grocery and medical association, as well as representatives of online delivery companies, to ensure the uninterrupted supply of essential items.

Many essential daily items have left the shelves mainly because the movement of trucks between factories, warehouses and supermarkets has been affected by the curfews declared by some states and UT. Consumers have complained that they cannot find even common brands of various daily needs.

Industry sources said the disruption in the supply chain was primarily due to overzealousness of a section of the police force, which was allegedly obstructing even consumer product stockists.

Some places are also running out of bottled drinking water. There are long lines outside supermarkets as consumers rush to stock up for the next few weeks, causing some to take advantage of the situation. A complex in Hyderabad, for example, has set an upper limit of Rs 500 for the purchase of vegetables and an upper limit of Rs 1000 for general items. The meat and seafood brand Licious has ceased operations in Delhi.

Distributors across the country have stopped operating and are waiting a few days for things to calm down as there is confusion over labor movements. They, along with retailers, have an inventory of 15-20 days. Godrej Consumer Products and Nestle India, in separate updates from the stock exchanges, said operations in some places had been curtailed or suspended.

In Mumbai, the electronic delivery service Supr Daily did not supply milk at various locations on Wednesday. Other delivery options like Big Basket and DMart did not offer delivery slots to customers. The few stores that quickly opened ran out of staples like bread.

Amid uncertainty about how long the shortage would continue, CM Uddhav Thackeray said in a televised afternoon speech that the state government had ordered the police to facilitate the movement of vendors offering home delivery of food, medicine and all other products exempt from the blockade.

The transportation department reported that apart from the decals on heavy vehicles carrying essential goods, carriers will be issued with a certificate to be displayed at checkpoints.

The Telengana government was one of the first to intervene after an avalanche of complaints about even exempt services, such as interruption of delivery of essential items at home. “I am a senior citizen. During lockdown, home delivery is a necessity of the hour, especially for people with health problems. Since Tuesday, I was unable to order the essentials for myself,” P Vidyavati, resident of the Kukatpally Housing Board Colony, said in a tweet addressed to the municipal administration minister, KT Rama Rao.

Following a guarantee by authorities that the police would not stop delivery agents and trucks delivering goods, all the major e-commerce companies decided to resume operations on Thursday.

In Karnataka, Flipkart resumed delivery of groceries and other essentials in the evening after the state government claimed there would be no impediments. Online grocery store BigBasket tweeted: “We are sorry for the inconvenience caused; we are not operational due to restrictions imposed by local authorities on the movement of goods despite clear guidelines provided by central authorities to allow essential services. We are working with the authorities to come back soon. ”

Punjab police recruited Zomato, Swiggy, Verka and Amul for door-to-door supply of essential items in Amritsar, Ludhiana and Patiala. DGP Dinkar Gupta said that for medications, the administration would liaise with pharmacy associations so that orders could be taken over the phone and delivered at home.

Chandigarh’s promised “door-to-door delivery system” for the essentials collapsed on the first day. There was no milk, vegetables and food in most sectors, towns and colonies. The phone numbers of vendors listed by the Chandigarh administration and the municipal corporation were either turned off or continued to ring.

Kolkata and other cities and towns in Bengal faced both a shortage of basic goods and a rise in prices, although sources said they would stabilize on Thursday. CM Mamata Banerjee asked the police to issue special passes for delivery personnel who work for online retailers as well as stores. “The police will issue these passes to merchants, who can then distribute them to their dealers,” he said.

Times of India