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TFPJ Press Release

Removal of control imposed under Essential Commodities Act, 1955

Extension of validity of Central Orders dated 02.04.2009 in respect of Pulses, Paddy, Edible Oils, Edible Oilseeds and Rice beyond 30.09.2009 and Central Order 02.07.2009 in respect of Sugar beyond 08.01.2010

Sep 17, 2009: The Union Cabinet today gave its approval for extending the validity of the Central Notification as given below :

(i) The validity of the Central Notification No. S.O.905(E) dated April 02, 2009 and S.O. No.906(E) dated April 02, 2009 issued in respect of pulses, paddy, edible oilseeds and rice have to be extended further for a period starting from October 01, 2009 to September 30, 2010.

(ii) The Central Notification NO. S.O.1621(E) dated July 02, 2009 issued in respect of sugar have to be extended further for a period starting from January 09, 2010 to September 30, 2010.

Point-wise details:

The main objective of the Control Orders is to enable the state governments to continue undertaking effective de-hoarding operations under Essential Commodities Act, 1955. This has to be done by fixing stock limits or licencing requirements in respect of these commodities, especially in view of rising prices and deficient monsoon in the prevailing circumstances. This is expected to help in the efforts being undertaken to tackle the problem of rising prices and also improve the availability of these commodities to general public, especially the vulnerable sections.

Background:
In August 2006, it was decided to keep in abeyance certain provisions of the Order dated February 15, 2002, in respect of wheat and pulses, for a period of 6 months initially with the approval of the Cabinet. The validity of this Order has been extended from time to time incorporating some other essential commodities. In continuation of the process, the Cabinet in its meeting held on March 30, 2009 had, inter-alia, approved the extension of the validity of the Order dated April 02, 2009 for a period up to September 30, 2009, keeping in abeyance certain provisions of the Order dated February 15, 2002 in respect of pulses, paddy, edible oils, edible oilseeds and rice.

Further, the Cabinet in its meeting held on June 19, 2009 had approved the extension of the validity of Order dated March 09, 2009 in respect of sugar for the period up to January 08, 2010.

Implementation strategy and targets:
The Central government has already delegated powers, thereby empowering the state governments to fix stock holding limits as per local conditions and to undertake de-hoarding operations commensurate with the objective of the Central Orders. In the case of sugar, the stockholding or turnover limits, which have been fixed by GoI and state governments, have the freedom to fix higher limits.

Major Impact:
These concerted efforts undertaken by the GoI are expected to moderate the prices of these commodities and ensure its availability at fair prices to the general public.

For further information contact:

Press Information Bureau

"A" - Wing, Shastri Bhawan,

Dr. Rajendra Prasad Road,

New Delhi - 110 001

Tel: (011) 23389338

Website: www.pib.nic.in

 


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