E-commerce websites can now begin delivery of non-essential items — including smartphones, laptops and other electronics — across several parts of the country.The operations resumed after the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) updated the lockdown 4.0 guidelines, which permitted e-commerce companies to deliver both essential and non-essential items.There has been an increased demand for smartphones and laptops during the lockdown. However, consumers were unable to purchase electronic items as the government’s list of essential items did not include mobiles and laptops, etc.Close Smartphone sales had resumed on May 4 after the government relaxed some lockdown rules for areas in Green and Orange zones. The new lockdown 4.0 guidelines extend these relaxations to more areas, which now includes Red zones as well. However, the ministry has given the states the authority to prohibit/ permit activities based upon the ground situation. related news Coronavirus state-wise tally May 20: Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu, Gujarat cross 12,000 Harsh Vardhan set to be WHO Executive Board chairman: Officials Delivery of non-essential items is still prohibited in areas marked as containment zones.After the MHA’s announcement on May 17, several states have announced the updated guidelines that need to be followed during lockdown 4.0 ending on… Read full this story
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