Tribune News Service
Ludhiana, March 31
Despite enrolling hundreds of grocery, medical and milk shops to supply essential commodities on doorstep of residents, some residents in the city claim they had not been getting the supply of any such goods. Now, to plug the gap of supply of essential commodities, the Ludhiana police have started enrolling delivery boys to deliver essentials to residents.
The decision has been taken keeping in mind that in this way, not only people will get employment but residents also would also get regular supply of essentials.
According to the police, many companies and shops have started door-to-door delivery of goods in the city but claim that they required more delivery boys for delivering medicines, vegetables, grocery, milk and other essentials. They have also clarified that they were not accepting online orders.
Healthy persons below 50 years can apply
“Shops and companies have requested us to help them in hiring delivery boys and girls. We request people below the age of 50, who are healthy and willing, that if they want to deliver goods during the curfew days, they can apply. Payment will be made to them by the concerned company directly on the basis of the orders. The minimum pay for the same is Rs 60 or 80 per cent of the delivery charge per order,” reads the Facebook and Twitter post of Ludhiana police.
Police Commissioner Rakesh Agrawal told The Tribune on Sunday that so far application of more than 1,000 persons were received and were being distributed work as per their choices. “These 1,000 persons are introduced to grocery, medical and milk shops owners on commission basis. We are expected to receive hundreds of more applications in the coming days. In this way, we will surely smoothen the supply of essential commodities at doorsteps of residents,” said Agrawal.
The CP had initially said the police would accept 500 persons as delivery boys, 20 per police station, to smoothen the supply of goods and the rest would be accommodated accordingly.
Medical examination of delivery boys will be done before assigning them jobs as they may also be potential carrier of Covid-19.
Notably, after the residents complained that many grocery and medical stores were not attending to phone calls and some also refused delivery at home, the police had released the verified list of shopkeepers.
In view of the lockdown, the district administration and the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation had also decided that any shopkeeper, who does not offer home delivery, would lose their license.
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