“In a time like this, we request the central and state governments to announce guidelines that will help sustain the livelihood of MSMEs,” Federation of Indian Micro and Small & Medium Enterprises (FISME) said in a statement.
It also suggested removing “artificial” distinction between essential and non-essential goods and that MSMEs should be allowed to sell all products by home delivery only.
“This measure will help in ensuring jobs and continuity of economic activities. There shall be no restriction of intra state or inter-state movement of goods. No separate permission/e-passes is required for such movements,” it said.
It further said states should treat e-commerce delivery personnel as frontline workers and accord priority to their vaccination.
“Allowing the delivery of all products during lockdowns, removing regulatory hurdles to achieve this, enabling the ease of doing business and prioritising vaccination for delivery personnel are some of the ways in which authorities can provide an impetus to MSMEs,” it said.