Breaking News

Covid lockdown: Smartphone makers ping government for essentials tag

Bengaluru: Top-selling smartphone producers like Xiaomi and Realme are asking the federal government to classify handsets as an essential commodity which can also be delivered to customers via ecommerce platforms amid the 21-day nationwide lockdown in India.

Industry bodies Manufacturers’ Association of Information Technology (MAIT) and India Cellular & Electronics Association (ICEA) have written to the federal government looking for concessions in the delivery of smartphones among other electronics devices and removing of restrictions at the motion of components for inland and export purposes.

“Smartphones lately are one of the most essential items after meals and groceries that any one needs,” Manu Kumar Jain, the managing director-Indian subcontinent at Xiaomi, advised ET. “We can building up social distancing and reduce the number of people going out if everyone is using a smartphone.” Jain said India saw sales of over 1 crore devices a month, with with reference to 30-40% of the ones purchases made through first-time smartphone users. It would make sense for even a fragment of the ones people to get get admission to to devices at this point of time.

Xiaomi clarified that it wasn’t just asking the federal government to allow smartphone sales as a industry opportunity, however quite as enjoyable the essential needs of shoppers.

Realme leader government Madhav Sheth said smartphones were essential and a gateway to other services which may be helpful at this point of time.

The company could make its devices available to customers right away via online channels and was once additionally soliciting for the federal government to allow opening up of some centres to make stronger after-sales service, with all safety precautions being adopted, he said.

“We’re seeing a lot of requests on Twitter from people who say their telephones have been broken and wish devices as a result of they’re using them as Wi-Fi hotspots and for communications.”

In its letter dated March 27 to the federal government, MAIT, the apex frame of digital product makers, prompt that ecommerce firms be listed under essential services and enabled to carry out deliveries under a managed logistics framework.

The ICEA wrote to the federal government pronouncing that states and district government were being overcautious through now not allowing inbound or outbound motion of electronics items, regardless of the house ministry’s rationalization over this. Both bodies said electronics producers were sitting on large inventories meant for export and now not allowing motion would jeopardise their skill to fulfil such shipments.

ET has observed the letters written through both MAIT and ICEA.

The ecommerce business as a collective had additionally pitched to the federal government to extend the scope of necessities beyond meals, grocery and clinical provides.

No comments