Update (March 26 11:28 pm): The Home Ministry has also directed all states and UTs to allow e-commerce supply chains to function so that essential goods (food, medicines, and medical equipment/devices) can be delivered. The order issued by Delhi Police allowing operations of e-commerce in the city without any passes had already been rescinded before Home Ministry's directions, Vikram Porwal, the staff officer to commissioner of Delhi Police, told MediaNama. This is because it wasn't clear how deliveries across borders, and transportation of essential goods across city and state borders would happen in the absence of a central directive. All e-commerce retailers and online delivery services delivering essential goods can continue to operate in Delhi, according to a Delhi Police order sent to all cops, including traffic cops, in the city. No separate passes are required to operate within the city, Vikram Porwal, the staff officer to commissioner of Delhi Police, who signed the order, told MediaNama. Company IDs are enough for movement within Delhi: Delivery agents will only require their company-issued IDs to operate in the city, Porwal said. While uniforms and company vehicles will help, they are not compulsory. "There are many establishments who do not have uniforms but are in the business of providing essential services," he said. This is in conflict with an earlier order from the Delhi Government. All "essential service providers in private sector" are required to get passes from the concerned district magistrate, divisional commissioner, or district DCP "to move in and out of…
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