FISME urges government to allow MSMEs to deliver goods during lockdown to sustain business
The Federation of Indian Micro and Small and Medium Enterprises has urged the government to enable micro, small, and medium enterprises to stay afloat by allowing them to offer home delivery during lockdown.
“In a time like this, we request the central and state governments to announce guidelines that will help sustain the livelihood of MSMEs,” said FISME in a statement, the Press Trust of India reported.
FISME also requested that the government stop marking goods as either ‘essential’ or ‘non-essential’, calling this distinction “artificial”. The definition also varies from state to state, which has caused confusion for businesses and consumers alike.
“This measure will help in ensuring jobs and continuity of economic activities,” said FISME. “There shall be no restriction of intra state or inter-state movement of goods. No separate permission/e-passes is required for such movements.”
The organisation said that MSMEs have been especially affected by the pandemic and subsequent lockdowns. The government had previously named MSMEs as the sector which would lead India’s next phase of economic growth but FISME has said that many are currently trying to survive the pandemic.
“Allowing the delivery of all products during lockdowns, removing regulatory hurdles to achieve this, enabling the ease of doing business and prioritising vaccination for delivery personnel are some of the ways in which authorities can provide an impetus to MSMEs,” said FISME.
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