The Union Home Ministry also said the mobile app will be must for people living in COVID-19 containment zones.
“Use of Arogya Setu app shall be made mandatory for all employees, both private and public. It shall be the responsibility of the head of the respective organisations to ensure 100% coverage of this app among the employees,” the ministry said.
The announcement came on a day the government extended the nationwide lockdown by two weeks from May 4 with certain relaxations.
The mobile application helps users identify whether they are at risk of COVID-19 infection. It also provides people with important information, including ways to avoid coronavirus infection and its symptoms.
E-comm cos say new rules allow delivery of non-essentials in green zones; CAIT disagrees
New Delhi, May 1 (PTI) Allowing e-commerce companies to sell all items, including non-essential items like laptops and refrigerators, in orange and green zones will provide relief to people and help millions of small and medium businesses and traders to jump-start their businesses amid the lockdown, industry executives said.
Traders’ body CAIT, however, argued that e-commerce companies were misinterpreting MHA guidelines and “twisting (them) in their favour to misguide the various state governments and authorities and to create unnecessary confusion”.
The government has now extended the lockdown till May 17 with a ban on air travel, trains and inter-state road transport. It, however, gave some relaxations for various business activities and people’s movement within areas with limited or no COVID-19 cases. Under the latest rules, e-commerce activities in red zones are permitted only for essential goods during the third phase of lockdown.
“We welcome the government’s decision to allow e-commerce in orange and green zones to serve people safely with products that they need and have not been able to access due to the lockdown. Millions of small and medium businesses and traders will now be able to jump-start their businesses and livelihoods across their workforce,” an Amazon India spokesperson said.
The spokesperson said the company will focus on maintaining the “sanctity of the new guidelines around the red zones”.
The company urged the government to consider the positive role e-commerce can play to get customers all priority products they need in the red zones as well, enabling a stronger economic support for the small businesses while prioritising safety. However, traders’ body CAIT argued that e-commerce companies were misinterpreting MHA guidelines.