The Removal of (Licensing, Requirements,
Stock Limits and Movement Restrictions) on
Specified Foodstuffs Order 2002

     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 . No, 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 the States and Union Territories of India .
(c) It shall come into force after thirty days from the date of publication in the Official Gazette
2. 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 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
3. With the coming into 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 therefore under any order issued under the Essential Commodities Act, 1955.
4. 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 thereunder before such commencement .
5. Issue of any order by the State Government under powers delegated in G S R 452 (E) dated the 25th October 1972 issued by the Government of India in the then Ministry of Agriculture (Department of Food) and G S R 800dated the 9th June, 1978 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
6. 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 Governments issued in pursuance thereof .