The out of work Swiggy, Zomato, Amazon and Flipkart delivery boys will now no longer be  jobless with the Jorhat district administration in eastern Assam planning to rope them in for delivery of groceries to the people’s doorsteps during coronavirus lockdown period.

Jorhat deputy commissioner Roshni A Korati said soon people need not go out of their homes to buy essentials as phone numbers would be furnished so that people can contact these boys to deliver their groceries at home.

“We are working on this and will use the vast numbers of e-commerce delivery boys like Amazon who are now sitting idle to supply grocery items to the people here,” Korati said.

A youth who delivers for one of the e-commerce platforms said he was very happy about this development.

“With the stopping of orders, I have become completely jobless.  Earlier I used to earn anything beween Rs 100 to Rs 500 and my family used to subsist on this. Now at last there is a ray of hope,” he said

A storekeeper who is on a list received by this correspondent said they were in contact with the district administration and that Swiggy snd Zomato delivery boys would drop the groceries at doorstep.

Supply is likely start from Saturday.

On Thursday, the district administration had given a notice in which areas had been demarcated for people to shop and stores to open on particular days in a bid to prevent crowding in the stores.

However, crowding was still a problem with people coming to shop and large queues were seen forming in front of shops.

Smita Bhattacharyya

Smita Bhattacharyya is Northeast Now Correspondent in Jorhat. She can be reached at: triptyaddy@gmail.com