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Amazon, Flipkart Suspend Non-Essential Purchases in Maharashtra

An employee of Amazon India checks products loaded in a truck before being despatched for delivery.
An employee of Amazon India checks products loaded in a truck before being despatched for delivery. Getty Images (Getty Images)

Responding to new guidelines implemented in India’s Maharashtra state, home to the city of Mumbai, e-commerce giants including Amazon and Flipkart have halted sales of non-essential goods, according to an Economic Times report.

The state government’s latest guidelines permits e-commerce to continue, but only for dispatching “essential goods”, along with a state-wide lockdown that went into effect on April 14 and will continue until May 1, in order to stem a recent surge in Covid-19 cases in the region.

Searches for products that don’t fall into the “essential” categories of groceries, personal care and hygiene products on e-commerce sites including Flipkart, Amazon, Reliance’s JioMart and Myntra still show results, but orders are unable to be completed, with non-essential products on Flipkart’s platform labelled “not deliverable”, the report said.

A notice on Amazon India’s website reads: “In light of the latest government guidelines, we are taking orders of essential products only. Deliveries may take longer than normal.”

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