March 28, 2020

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) issued the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for maintaining supply of essential goods through retail and e-commerce platforms.

Salient Features:

  • The SOP covers suppliers of essential goods, including restaurants supplying cooked food items.

  • All the States/UTs should let e-commerce remain operational and encourage home delivery of essential goods as the 21-day lockdown was enforced to break the transmission chain of coronavirus.

  • All facilities in supply of essential goods, whether involved in manufacturing, wholesale or retail of such goods through local stores, large brick and mortar or e-commerce companies, should be allowed to operate, ensuring strict social-distancing.

  • Warehouses should not be closed because they also stored non-essential items.

  • The persons engaged in the supply shall be allowed to commute on the basis of e-pass issued by the local authorities, and the employees shall carry a valid photo identification card.

  • It asked the States to open 24/7 control rooms to register complaints and grievances.

  • The facilities engaged in supply of essential goods would carry out regular health and sanitation check-up of employees engaged and provide them proper protective gear. 

Source : The Hindu