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E-commerce supply chains must be allowed to operate: Home Ministry to all states, UTs

Update (March 27 4:43 pm): The Delhi Police will continue to abide by the SOP laid down by the Home Ministry, the latest order from the Delhi Police, dated today, says. Thus, delivery of all essential goods (food, "health infrastructure" including medicines and medical equipment) will be allowed. "We are in the process of implementing this. More details will be available soon," Vikram Porwal, the staff officer to commissioner of Delhi Police, told us. Update (March 27 12:15 pm): Continuing with its original order, Gurugram Police does not require passes for e-commerce operations in the city, the Police's COVID Cell told MediaNama. Update (March 27 12:08 pm): Mumbai Police will continue to allow e-commerce and delivery operations on the basis of company IDs and uniforms, Pranaya Ashok, the Deputy Commissioner of Police told MediaNama. Kirana stores and other hyperlocal delivery stores will have to collect their passes from the local police station. "There is no elaborate procedure to be followed. Most of the kirana stores are already known to the police station. They only have to give basic details of their operations to collect the passes," Ashok said. 10,000 passes were issued to police stations and units across the city in the first batch for kirana stores. "If more are required, we will issue more," Ashok said. Update (March 27 10:08 am): In addition to having passes, "delivery persons in uniforms and with I-cards are being allowed" in Hyderabad, Telangana's IT Secretary Jayesh Ranjan told us. Online delivery services will be…

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