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Removal of Controls imposed under the Essential Commodities Act, 1955 on stocking and movement and requiring licensing of dealers in respect of specified commodities.

GSR. 104(E)—Whereas the Central Government is of the opinion that it is necessary and expedient to do so for securing the availability of commodities specified in the Order at fair prices throughout the country.

Now, therefore, in exercise of the powers conferred by section 3 of the Essential Commodities Act, 1955 (10 of 1955), the Central Government hereby makes the following Order: -

  1. Short Title Extent and Commencement

a)      This order may be called the Removal of (Licensing requirements, Stock Limits and Movement Restrictions) on Specified Foodstuffs Order, 2002.

b)     It extends to all states and Union territories in India.

c)      It shall come into force after thirty days from the date of publication of the Official Gazette.

  1. Definitions

             i.      “Dealer” means any person engaged in the business of purchase movement, sale, supply, distribution or storage for sale of any of the commodities specified in clause 3 of this Order, directly or otherwise, whether as a wholesaler or a retailer and whether or not in conjunction with any other business and his representative or agent.

             ii.      “State Government” includes Administration of a Union territory.

  1. With the coming into of effect of this Order any dealer may freely buy, stock sell, transport, distribute, dispose, acquire, use or consume any quantity of wheat, paddy/rice, coarse grains, sugar edible oilseeds and edible oils and shall not require a permit or license thereof under any order issued under the Essential Commodities Act, 1955.

  2. The provisions of this Order shall take effect notwithstanding anything to the contrary in any Order made by a State Government before the commencement of this order except as respects anything done, or omitted to be done, there under before such commencement.

  3. Issue of any Order by the State Governments under powers delegated in GSR452(E) dated the 25th of October, 1972 issued by the Government of India in the then Ministry of Agriculture (Department of Food) and GSR 800 dated the 9th June, 1978 1972 issued by the Government of India in the then Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation (Department of Food) for regulating by licenses, permit or otherwise, the storage, transport, distribution, disposal, acquisition, use or consumption of any of the commodities specified in clause 3 shall require the prior concurrence of the Central Government.

  4. Nothing contained in this Order shall affect the operation of the Public Distribution System (Control) Order 2001, issued by the Central Government and orders of the State Government issued in pursuance thereof.

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