The All India Mobile Retailer Association (AIMRA) has requested the government to provide a bumper stimulus package, including salary support, rental relaxation, bank credit and other fee waivers, to offline mobile retailers. As per AIMRA, this will rescue 30,000 sellers from bankruptcy, who have not been able to operate under the current circumstances.
To this end, AIMRA wrote to the finance ministry on April 23, 2020, requesting the authorities to waive off interest on loans for the lockdown period with a 3-month moratorium till September 30, 2020. Further, it urged that no penalties or interest should be collected on filling of GST compliance on June 30, 2020.
Over and above this, the industry body has recommended various other measures that can be adopted to ease the financial stress for mobile retailers.
Separately, AIMRA has also urged the government to not include mobile handsets under the essential item’s category. This is in contrast to what ICEA has proposed, which recently wrote to MHA requesting the inclusion of mobile phones the list of essential goods.
AIMRA has stated that there should be no change in the category of mobile phones as human lives are more valuable than these phones. The industry body also said that it is not recommending resumption of offline sales through shops.