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FAQ on the Essential Commodities Act

Posted on 09 July 2014

The Essential Commodities Act (ECA) was enacted by the Central Government in 1955 to control and regulate trade and prices of commodities declared essential under the Act. The Act is again in the limelight, as the Government is making it more stringent while bringing onions and potatoes under its purview. Here are some facts about its provisions that you may want to know and explanations about how the Act works.
The Act empowers the Central and state governments concurrently to control production, supply and distribution of certain commodities in view of rising prices. The measures that can be taken under the provision of the Act include, among others, licensing, distribution and imposing stock limits. The governments also have the power to fix price limits, and selling the particular commodities above the limit will attract penalties……………………………………Full Article: Source


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