SHILLONG, March 27 - Amid the ongoing lockdown across the country to check spread of COVID-19, the Meghalaya Government today launched an online platform, store.meghamart.com, for home delivery of essential commodities.
People in Tura, Garo Hills, Jowai and Jaintia Hills will be able to access the service of the online delivery platform from March 28. Besides, meghabazzar.com, IEW (app on Google Play Store), narifresh.com and syllad.com are additional digital platforms to buy essentials.
Meghalaya Chief Secretary MS Rao has said that big retail stores like Vishal Mega Mart and some local entrepreneurs have also been roped in to deliver essential commodities at people�s doorsteps. �Everyone has been requested not to panic, and stay indoors,� Rao said.
Meanwhile, hundreds of people stepped out from their homes to buy essential commodities from Government-designated wholesale and fair price shops in the Meghalaya capital from 9 am today. The district administration relaxed the lockdown curfew for eight hours to enable people to buy essential commodities. Adequate precaution for social distancing was taken, as lines were marked outside stores to reduce crowding.
Chief Minister Conrad Sangma has cautioned the people against overcrowding during the curfew relaxation hours. �The chaotic scenes of overcrowding and rush are something not advisable and desirable. The Government is working for public safety, so let us cooperate in this fight against coronavirus,� Sangma said.
Meanwhile, the Meghalaya Chief Secretary has written to his Assam counterpart, Kumar Sanjay Krishna, urging him to ensure smooth movement of trucks entering Meghalaya through Assam. He said problems are being faced by truckers entering the State.
�Our dependence on the Guwahati market in particular for essential supplies for the Garo Hills, Khasi Hills and Jaintia Hills is well known,� he said. Rao urged the Assam Chief Secretary to issue directions to the authorities concerned for �rationalising the system� so that trucks carrying supplies do not get stuck in Assam.
Rao also advised caution with regard to stamping truck drivers and handymen during health screening. This should be done after absolute �medical certainty� and only when the truck drivers and handymen show symptoms of the disease, he stressed.