Government has withdrawn the permission given to e-commerce firms including Amazon, Flipkart, and Snapdeal to sell non-essential items, starting April 20, 2020. This also included electronics such as mobile handsets.

The move follows a strong objection from a Delhi-based traders group Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT).

Objecting Ministry of Home Affairs’ (MHA) recent permission, CAIT had sent a letter to Prime Minister saying that the permission to e-commerce firm to trade non-essential goods was discriminatory and does not allow a level-playing field. The trade group requested MHA to only allow essentials deliveries from the e-commerce platform.

Earlier, the government had allowed e-commerce companies to deliver non-essential products starting April 20, 2020.

CAIT represents nearly 70 million traders, retailers, and resellers nationwide.