GoAP takes steps for essential commodities’ supply

ITANAGAR, Apr 11: The Arunachal government has taken various steps to ensure that essential commodities reach the doorsteps of the people, who are confined to their homes due to the lockdown.
While the government collaborated with ‘UTellUs’ and ‘Dukandada’ immediately after the imposition of the lockdown, ‘Mebuddy’ and ‘APeats’ were later introduced to supply groceries and other essentials including masks, sanitizers and ambulance.
“The yeoman service rendered by multi-service stores and grocery delivery apps introduced with the help of private developers to provide essential commodities at the doorsteps gave a sigh of relief to capital’s denizens as they remained indoors and maintained social distancing to prevent spread of Covid-19 pandemic,” Capital SP Tumme Amo, who conceived the idea, said.
The Capital police have stationed two vehicles – one each at Itanagar and Naharlagun – for carrying patients to hospitals, serve elderly people, and lift the mortal remains in case of death, the SP said.
“The services of both vehicles could be availed by contacting police Covid control room,” he said.
Many stores have also pitched in to offer essential services. The ‘Henkakopus’ app has been facilitating online payment of electricity bills, booking and delivery of Bharat gas cylinder, the SP said.
‘UTellUs’, ‘Dukandada’ and ‘Mebuddy’ have been reaching residents of Itanagar, Naharlagun, Nirjuli and Yupia to deliver essential services to the people with reasonable delivery charges.
“The people have been placing orders through online platform, mobile apps and phone calls, for which payment could be cash on delivery or online payment,” the SP said.
Epi Jamoh, the managing director of UTellUs – an online multi-store that delivers every basic goods and services at the doorsteps of the people from 1000 hours to 1400 hours daily – said that the store has been receiving over 800 calls regularly and delivering essentials to about 500 consumers on daily.
“Our services include essential commodities, sanitizers and masks given by district administration, vegetables, meat, detergent, ambulance and vehicle to carry mortal remains in case of any death,” Jamoh said.
‘Dukandada’, the first grocery delivery app of the state, delivers essential items 24×7 with order timing from 0900 hours to 1400 hours, said its managing director Doni Riba.
“Serving a population of about 1.5 lakh in the state capital based on information technology is nothing but a miracle for which the credit goes to BSNL. Various WhatsApp groups have been created for consumers to place online orders and make payments, involving system operators and delivery team,” Higio Zarngam, a public relations officer of the IPR department, who is supervising the implementation of the system, said.
“All delivery boys have been provided with identity cards for crossing the checkpoints set up by police and district administration across capital complex, particularly in view of the prohibitory order imposed order under 144 CrPC imposed since 7 April by the capital complex administration,” she added.
The state government has selected 13 grocery shops in the capital to supply essentials to the online marketing teams for home delivery on receipt of orders, Zarngam said. (PTI)