Congress Accuses Modi Government, Haryana Of ‘Favouring E-Commerce Firms’


Coronavirus: Congress Accuses Modi Government, Haryana Of'Favouring E-Commerce Firms'

Congress has questioned the government’s decision to allow wider e-commerce services after April 20

Chandigarh:

The Congress today accused the Centre and the BJP-JJP government in Haryana of appeasing e-commerce giants at the cost of seven crore shopkeepers in the country who, the opposition alleged, have been denied the opportunity to conduct business during the ongoing lockdown to combat the coronavirus.

The government’s decision to allow wider e-commerce services after April 20 will ruin the businesses and livelihood of seven crore small shopkeepers, including 10 lakh in Haryana, “by giving monopoly to the e-commerce companies in selling non-essential goods but denying the same opportunity to the shopkeepers”, alleged Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala.

Addressing media persons via video conference, Mr Surjewala alleged the “anti-trader and anti-shopkeeper decision of the Modi government and the BJP-JJP government will not be tolerated” and demanded its reconsideration.

Calling the government’s decision as an impractical move, the former Haryana minister demanded protection to small shopkeepers by allowing them permission to deliver goods in their local areas at the doorsteps of customers via contact-less home delivery.

This will help in achieving the goal of social distancing, while supporting economic revival for the country, he added.

Mr Surjewala said that the BJP government seemed to be keen on destroying the businesses of about seven crores small shopkeepers in the country “as it was favouring big e-commerce companies like Amazon and Flipkart by giving them monopoly in selling non-essential goods and denying the same opportunity to our native shopkeepers, who are already facing economic hardships due to the lockdown”.

Electronic items like mobile phones, TVs, refrigerators, laptops, readymade garments and stationery items for school children will be available on e-commerce platforms from April 20.

Highlighting the woes and problems of shopkeepers, Mr Surjewala said that the stalled businesses during the lockdown has resulted into huge losses for the entire MSME sector and now the period of lockdown has been further extended till May 3.

“The shopkeepers and local traders have made heavy investments into their businesses and goods worth lakhs of crores of rupees was lying in their shops and godowns.”

“Despite the closure of the business, the shopkeepers are paying their rents, fixed electricity bills, commercial house taxes and heavy interests on their investments. Obeying the government orders, the shopkeepers are also paying full salaries to their employees during the lockdown, but for some strange reasons, the Government seemed to be keen on punishing them,” he added.

He said the Retailers Association of India has said that when lockdown opens 25 per cent shops will be shut in the country, which will mean 2.5 lakh in Haryana alone.

“They have said in the next 6-12 months no shopkeeper will be able to earn anything,” he said.

“Is the decision to give e-commerce and online companies permission from April 20 to sell non-essential goods a well-thought conspiracy which will bring ruin to the small shopkeepers,” he asked.

“Chief Minister (Manohar) Khattar ji and his Deputy Dushyant Chautala ji were elected to serve people of Haryana, over 10 lakh shopkeepers constitute an important part of those who elected them. Why are they betraying the faith as also the business of 10 lakh shopkeepers and close over one crore employed and in shops and small businesses and acting as agents and stooges of big e-commerce companies,” he alleged.

World

22,50,597Cases

15,25,529Active

5,70,769Recovered

1,54,299Deaths

Coronavirus has spread to 185 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 22,50,597 and 1,54,299 have died; 15,25,529 are active cases and 5,70,769 have recovered as on April 18, 2020 at 1:48 pm.

India

14,378 991Cases

11,906 705Active

1,992 243Recovered

480 43Deaths

In India, there are 14,378 confirmed cases including 480 deaths. The number of active cases is 11,906 and 1,992 have recovered as on April 18, 2020 at 8:00 am.

State & District Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths

DistrictCases

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Pune134

Mumbai Suburban65

Thane31

Sangli24

Ahmednagar22

Nagpur17

Latur8

Palghar8

Aurangabad8

Raigad6

Satara5

Yavatmal4

Osmanabad4

Buldhana4

Jalgaon2

Kolhapur2

Hingoli2

Ratnagiri2

Washim1

Nashik1

Sindhudurg1

Amravati1

Jalna1

Gondia1

Details Awaited*2455

3323 118

2791 80

331 31

201 7

DistrictCases

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Central100

North66

Shahdara66

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South East33

South West24

West23

East17

North East9

North West6

Details Awaited*1132

1707 67

1593 42

72 21

42 4

DistrictCases

Chennai150

Coimbatore60

Dindigul45

Tirunelveli36

Erode32

Tiruchirappalli30

Namakkal28

Madurai24

Theni24

Karur22

Tiruppur19

Villupuram16

Cuddalore13

Thiruvallur12

Thiruvarur12

Salem12

Virudhunagar11

Thanjavur11

Nagapattinam11

Tiruvannamalai9

Kanchipuram6

Kanniyakumari6

Sivaganga5

Vellore5

The Nilgiris4

Ramanathapuram2

Ariyalur1

Perambalur1

Details Awaited*716

1323 56

1025

283 103

15

DistrictCases

Indore116

Bhopal70

Morena12

Jabalpur8

Ujjain8

Barwani3

Khargone3

Chhindwara2

Gwalior2

Shivpuri2

Vidisha1

Details Awaited*1083

1310 190

1172 169

69 5

69 16

DistrictCases

Jaipur104

Jodhpur55

Bhilwara27

Tonk20

Jhunjhunu20

Jaisalmer16

Bikaner11

Churu11

Kota10

Banswara9

Ajmer7

Dungarpur6

Dausa6

Bharatpur5

Alwar4

Udaipur4

Nagaur2

Pali2

Pratapgarh2

Dholpur1

Karauli1

Sikar1

Details Awaited*905

1229 98

1035 71

183 19

11 8

DistrictCases

Ahmadabad79

Surat18

Bhavnagar13

Gandhinagar12

Vadodara12

Rajkot10

Patan5

Porbandar3

Mahesana2

Kachchh2

Gir Somnath2

Panch Mahals1

Anand1

Sabar Kantha1

Jamnagar1

Chhotaudepur1

Morbi1

Botad1

Details Awaited*934

1099 169

972 151

86 13

41 5

DistrictCases

Gautam Buddha Nagar58

Agra49

Meerut32

Ghaziabad23

Lucknow22

Shamli14

Saharanpur13

Kanpur Nagar8

Sitapur8

Varanasi7

Bareilly6

Maharajganj6

Basti5

Ghazipur5

Firozabad4

Hathras4

Kheri4

Baghpat3

Pratapgarh3

Jaunpur3

Hapur3

Azamgarh3

Bulandshahr3

Rae Bareli2

Mirzapur2

Pilibhit2

Mathura2

Banda2

Shahjahanpur1

Kaushambi1

Moradabad1

Prayagraj1

Hardoi1

Budaun1

Bijnor1

Barabanki1

Auraiya1

Details Awaited*544

849 44

753 35

82 8

14 1

DistrictCases

Hyderabad174

Nizamabad26

Warangal Urban23

Medchal Malkajgiri17

Ranga Reddy17

Nalgonda13

Jogulamba Gadwal12

Adilabad10

Kamareddy9

Karimnagar9

Mahabubnagar8

Suryapet8

Sangareddy7

Jagitial4

Vikarabad4

Nirmal4

Medak4

Bhadradri Kothagudem4

Peddapalli2

Mulugu2

Jangoan2

Nagarkurnool2

Jayashankar Bhupalapally1

Siddipet1

Mahabubabad1

Details Awaited*402

766 66

562 66

186

18

DistrictCases

Kurnool57

Spsr Nellore42

Guntur38

Krishna28

Y.s.r.27

Prakasam24

West Godavari21

Visakhapatanam20

Chittoor17

East Godavari12

Anantapur6

Details Awaited*280

572 38

522 22

36 16

14

DistrictCases

Kasaragod149

Kannur51

Ernakulam26

Thiruvananthapuram15

Malappuram14

Kozhikode13

Pathanamthitta13

Thrissur12

Idukki10

Kollam8

Palakkad7

Alappuzha3

Kottayam3

Wayanad3

Details Awaited*69

396 1

138

255 10

3

DistrictCases

Bengaluru Urban59

Mysuru34

Chikkaballapura10

Bidar10

Uttara Kannada10

Dakshina Kannada8

Belagavi7

Ballari6

Kalaburagi6

Bagalkote5

Bengaluru Rural5

Udupi4

Mandya3

Tumakuru2

Davangere2

Gadag1

Kodagu1

Dharwad1

Chitradurga1

Details Awaited*184

359 44

257 37

89 7

13

DistrictCases

Srinagar33

Bandipora24

Baramulla16

Budgam9

Jammu9

Udhampur8

Kupwara5

Pulwama4

Rajouri3

Shopian3

Ganderbal2

Details Awaited*212

328 14

281 9

42 4

5 1

DistrictCases

Kolkata37

Howrah15

Medinipur East12

Kalimpong7

24 Paraganas North6

Jalpaiguri5

Nadia5

24 Paraganas South4

Hooghly4

Purba Bardhaman3

Medinipur West2

Paschim Bardhaman2

Darjeeling1

Details Awaited*184

287 32

222 28

55 4

10

DistrictCases

Nuh38

Gurugram35

Palwal28

Faridabad19

Karnal5

Ambala4

Panipat4

Fatehabad3

Sirsa3

Panchkula2

Bhiwani2

Rohtak1

Kaithal1

Sonipat1

Jind1

Hisar1

Charki Dadri1

Details Awaited*76

225 20

179 20

43

3

DistrictCases

S.a.s Nagar26

Shahid Bhagat Singh Nagar (nawanshahr)18

Amritsar10

Hoshiarpur7

Jalandhar6

Ludhiana5

Mansa5

Fatehgarh Sahib2

Pathankot2

Faridkot1

Kapurthala1

Moga1

Patiala1

Barnala1

Details Awaited*116

202 16

162 16

27

13

DistrictCases

Siwan6

Gaya5

Patna5

Munger4

Gopalganj3

Begusarai2

Nalanda2

Saharsa2

Bhagalpur1

Lakhisarai1

Saran1

Details Awaited*51

83 3

44 2

37

2 1

DistrictCases

Khordha33

Bhadrak3

Cuttack2

Jajapur1

Kalahandi1

Kendrapara1

Puri1

Details Awaited*18

60

40

19

1

DistrictCases

Dehradun17

Udam Singh Nagar4

Nainital3

Almora1

Pauri Garhwal1

Details Awaited*14

40 3

31 3

9

0

DistrictCases

Raipur5

Korba2

Bilaspur1

Durg1

Rajnandgaon1

Details Awaited*26

36 3

12 2

24 1

0

DistrictCases

Solan7

Kangra3

Una3

Details Awaited*23

36 1

19 1

16

1

DistrictCases

Golaghat9

Goalpara4

Marigaon4

Nalbari4

Dhubri3

Kamrup Metro2

Cachar1

Hailakandi1

Kamrup1

Karimganj1

Lakhimpur1

South Salmara Mancachar1

Details Awaited*3

35

29

5

1

DistrictCases

Ranchi2

Hazaribagh1

Details Awaited*30

33 5

31 5

0

2

DistrictCases

Chandigarh18

Details Awaited*3

21

12

9

0

DistrictCases

Leh Ladakh11

Kargil3

Details Awaited*4

18

4

14

0

DistrictCases

North And Middle Andaman7

South Andamans3

Details Awaited*2

12 1

1

11 1

0

DistrictCases

East Khasi Hills1

Details Awaited*8

9 2

8 2

0

1

DistrictCases

North Goa5

South Goa1

Details Awaited*1

7

1

6

0

DistrictCases

Pondicherry4

Mahe1

Details Awaited*2

7

6

1

0

DistrictCases

Imphal West1

Thoubal1

2

1

1

0

DistrictCases

Gomati1

Details Awaited*1

2

1

1

0

1

1

0

0

1

1

0

0

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