Shillong: Amid the coronavirus crisis, citizens of Meghalaya were initially confused over how they would manage with essential commodities, especially with the fresh statement made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the nationwide lockdown for 21 days.
However, several initiatives made by the government and private players alike are all set to change the way people shop and get things delivered in their households amid the coronavirus threat.
For instance, a smart initiative made by the government of Meghalaya, ‘Megha Milk — falling under the category of essential commodities — will be made available in the regular retail/grocery shops which have been exempted as per order issued by the deputy commissioners of the districts concerned.
Home delivery option in Shillong city is also available. One can do so by ordering online at narifresh.com or by calling/messaging on the numbers 9436547203/ 9402380252, with delivery timings between 8 am to 12 pm and 4 pm to 7 pm every day. Customers have been advised to pay through cashless modes.
Meanwhile, the Marwari community in Shillong has formed a committee of all Marwari-owned fair price shops to deliver free ration to the poor as per available data.
A senior member of Shillong Marwari community, Kamal Aggarwal, said that following a consultation with the representatives of the state government, they will announce the days and locations where free ration will be delivered to the poor people. All the modalities will be worked out and the community assures all the help to the people in this hour of crisis.
A private app called ‘The Iew’ has been created which can be downloaded from Google Play Store. This app allows an individual to order groceries and essential commodities, with a minimum order of Rs 200.
While speaking with EastMojo, Khrawkupar Nongrum, owner of ‘The Iew’ app, said that so far they have not been able to cater to the entire city. He informed that geofencing has not been done as yet.
“We are focusing on Shillong city for the time being, like Laitumkhrah, Nongthymmai and Madanryting, till Malki. Beyond that, we are not able to deliver because it is too far and the stock is also limited. For areas like Mawlai, Jaiaw, etc, we may or may not be able to deliver, it all depends on stock,” said Nongrum.
Earlier, chief minister Conrad K Sangma informed that the government is working out on logistics, particularly on ration, and people should not panic. “We will ensure that essential supplies are made available to the people,” he had said.
He also stressed that all steps are being taken to ensure the supply of essential commodities to all, particularly the weaker sections of society. He also informed that the government is in consultation with business houses and entrepreneurs to start home delivery of essential items.