Chandigarh: To facilitate supply of essential goods at doorstep during prevailing restrictions to curb the spread of Covid-19, the Punjab Police on Wednesday joined hands with Zomata, Swiggy, Verka, Amul, Mandi Pradhans, Chemist Associations etc.

Passes were also being issued to authorized vendors for the supply of essential goods, according to DGP Dinkar Gupta, adding that for home delivery of Medicines, in particular, necessary tie-ups are being made with the respective Chemist Associations, so that orders can be taken on phone and home delivery is accordingly undertaken.

Responding to the DGP’s directions to think out-of-the-box, Commissioners of Police and SSPs in several districts had come out with innovative ways to ensure that essential commodities reach the citizens.

The DGP had issued certain directives to the top officials soon after the announcement of the curfew by Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh and the nationwide lockdown by the Prime Minister. He had asked them to make suitable arrangements for door-to-door delivery of essential goods and services, and to ensure smooth functioning of delivery boys, rehris, small motorized vehicles etc.

In Amritsar and Ludhiana cities, 650 persons had been engaged from Swiggy for home delivery of the essential goods, while in District Patiala, home delivery of essential commodities was being ensured in coordination with the delivery boys from Zomato and Swiggy.

As many as 100 trolleys containing essential commodities were dispatched across Sangrur district today by engaging the services of local volunteers, said the DGP adding that in District Tarn Taran, Milk producing entities like Verka and Amul have been roped in for ensuring decentralised distribution of Milk following proper Social Distancing measures.

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Officers of Milk plant Verka have been liaised with and they have assured that their 700 vendors will undertake door to door supply of milk in Amritsar City too, with the Commissionerate Amritsar directed to issue the necessary passes, said Gupta.

In district Khanna, Vegetables and Fruits are being sold out door-to-door via Rehris, after getting the same from Mandis. For dry rations, necessary tie-ups with the Kiryana stores have been made, and they are also taking orders on phone and ensuring home delivery. Information about the availability of the home delivery services is being disseminated through the WhatsApp groups.



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