The Punjab Essential Articles (Control) Act, 1973

The Punjab Essential Articles (Control) Bill, 1973 having been passed by the Provincial Assembly of Punjab on the 3rd day of October 1973 and assented to by the Governor of Punjab on the 16th day of October 1973 is hereby published as an Act of the Provincial Legislature of Punjab.

The Punjab Essential Articles

(First published, after having received the assent of the Governor of Punjab, in the Gazette of the Punjab (Extraordinary), dated the 16th October 1973).

AN ACT to provide for the regulation of supply, distribution, prices, and trade and commerce in respect of certain essential articles.

Preamble WHEREAS it is expedient in the public interest to provide for powers to regulate and control the production, acquisition, prices, keeping storage, movement, transport, supply, distribution, disposal, use or consumption of and trade and commerce in certain essential articles in the Province of the Punjab:

It is hereby enacted as follows:

Short title extent and commencement

(1) This Act may be called the Punjab Essential Article (Control) Act, 1973.

(2) It extends to the whole of the province of Punjab.

(3) It shall come into force at once.

Definitions:  In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires, the following
expressions shall have the meanings hereby respectively assigned to them, that is to say:-

(a) “Controller” means the Controller of prices and supplies appointed by the Government and includes a Deputy or Assistant Controller of prices and supplies so appointed and any other officer authorized by the Government to exercise all or any of the powers of the Controller under this Act:

(b) “Government” means the Government of the Punjab;

(c) “Essential articles” means any of the classes of articles mentioned in the schedule to this Act, and

(d) “notified order” means an order made under section 3 of this

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