The Government intends to amend ‘the Essential
Commodities Act, 1955’ and ‘the Prevention of Black marketing and Maintenance
of Supplies of Essential Commodities Act, 1980’.Amendments are proposed to make
both the Acts more stringent and to strengthen its enforcement. This information
was given by the Minister of State for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public
Distribution, Shri Raosaheb Patil Danve in a written reply in Rajya Sabha today.
He said that the amendment proposed
primarily relate to the following aspects:
I. The Essential Commodities Act, 1955:
to be made non-bailable
up of special courts
II. The Prevention of Blackmarketing and
Maintenance of Supplies of Essential Commodities Act, 1980:
in the limit of detention period
in time limit for approval by State Government and
to the Central Government.
The Minister said that these
efforts will strengthen the deterrence against the offences. Regarding States
Government role, he said that The States have been empowered enough to deal
with the cases of hoarding & black-marketing as they are the enforcing authorities.
The vigilance, monitoring and market intelligence to prevent hoarding is to be
ensured by the State Governments & UTs as enforcement authorities, he added