No intent to make profit in this situation, say e-grocery operators

Source :IANS
Author :IANS
Last Updated: Thu, Mar 26th, 2020, 00:59:32hrs

New Delhi: Though e-commerce groceries, medical and food chains are overflowing with orders, promoter of big basket and Portea Medical, K Ganesh assured that his company has no intent to make profit out of the emerging coronavirus crisis.

'Despite a very high volume of orders we assure that no extra money would be charged for delivery even in this grim situation. Our only request is with police to cooperate with our delivery teams," K. Ganesh told media.

The Big Basket promoter earlier told a TV channel that on Tuesday evening two incidents, one happening in Lucknow and another in Hyderabad have not gone down well with e-commerce grocery or medical chains. At both places delivery teams, were prevented from supplying medicines to elderly people. In Lucknow, the delivery boy was roughed up by the cops.

A few other e-grocery and food chains have also complained about such misbehaviour by the law enforcement agencies.

On the other hand, Banglore police commissioner Bhaskar Rao called a meeting with all e-commerce grocery, medical, food and vegetable chain owners for meeting on Wednesday evening.

Rao in tweet has assured all e-commerce grocery and food chain owners that police will make all efforts to ensure that delivery teams carrying essential commodities are facilitated.

On the instructions of Cabinet Secretary, all state chief secretaries have asked district police chiefs to ensure that all medical staff or those working with grocery stores, food chains, mediapersons and sanitation staff must be given full cooperation by the police to function in this emergency situation.

"After meeting all Essential Providers, we are starting a system of Duty pass issue at all our Eight Deputy Commissioner of Police, Offices. DCPs East, West, North, South, Central, South East, North East and Whitefield. Your nearest police stationwill guide you to the DCP Officers. Will update," Bhaskar Rao said in a tweet.