You are here: Home » PTI Stories » National » News
Business Standard

Lockdown: Urban Company urges govt to relax norms for essential services

Business Finance

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Home services marketplace Urban Company has urged the government to relax norms for essential services amid the lockdown, a move that will allow consumers to avail services from within their homes while helping thousands of self-employed professionals to start earning their livelihoods again.

Urban Company, formerly known as Urban Clap, provides access to home services like repairs, servicing of appliances and pest control by trained professionals through its platform.

Urban Company co-founder and CEO Abhiraj Bhal noted that many state governments have allowed economic activity to resume in a gradual and measured fashion in the second phase of the lockdown that is slated to end on May 3.

"As we approach the end of the second lockdown period, it is advisable to quickly expand the scope of essential services to include all home services, including appliance repairs and service, pest control, home cleaning, barbers, basic beauty services, etc, and include e-commerce service platforms that facilitate such services and service providers," he added.

Bhal said services at home facilitated by e-commerce platforms will help consumers avail these services within the safety of their homes.

"The time has come to ease some of the lockdown restrictions and allow citizens to avail an expanded list of essential services. E-commerce companies have been a lifeline for consumers around the world during these tough times and should be allowed to facilitate provision of essential services in India as well," he said.

Bhal added that such a move will let consumers to avail services while they continue to stay indoors, and allow thousands of such self-employed professionals to start earning their livelihoods again.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

Dear Reader,

Business Standard has always strived hard to provide up-to-date information and commentary on developments that are of interest to you and have wider political and economic implications for the country and the world. Your encouragement and constant feedback on how to improve our offering have only made our resolve and commitment to these ideals stronger. Even during these difficult times arising out of Covid-19, we continue to remain committed to keeping you informed and updated with credible news, authoritative views and incisive commentary on topical issues of relevance.
We, however, have a request.

As we battle the economic impact of the pandemic, we need your support even more, so that we can continue to offer you more quality content. Our subscription model has seen an encouraging response from many of you, who have subscribed to our online content. More subscription to our online content can only help us achieve the goals of offering you even better and more relevant content. We believe in free, fair and credible journalism. Your support through more subscriptions can help us practise the journalism to which we are committed.

Support quality journalism and subscribe to Business Standard.

Digital Editor

First Published: Thu, April 30 2020. 21:46 IST