Short title, extent and commencement. — (1) This Act may be called the Punjab
Essential Articles (Control) Act, 1973.
(2) It extends to the whole of the Province of the Punjab.
Power to control production, supply, distribution, etc. of essential articles.— (1)Government, so far as it appears to it to be necessary or expedient for maintaining or increasing supplies of any essential article, or for securing its equitable distribution and availability, or for controlling and fixing the prices of an essential article may, by notified order,provide for regulating or prohibiting the production, acquisition, treatment, keeping, storage,
movement, transport, supply, distribution, availability at fair price, disposal, use or consumption thereof, and trade and commerce therein.
Delegation of powers. — Government may, by notified order, direct that the power to make order under section 3 shall, in relation to such matters and subject to such conditions, if any, as may be specified in the direction, be exercisable also by such officer or authority not below the rank of a Gazetted Officer subordinate to Government as may be specified in the direction.
Effect of orders inconsistent with other enactments. — A notified order shall have effect, notwithstanding anything inconsistent therewith contained in any enactment other than
this Act, or any instrument having effect by virtue of any enactment other than this Act.
Punishment for contravention.— (1) If any person contravenes any notified order he shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to 4[three] years or with fine which shall not be less than the value of the essential articles in respect of which the order has been contravened or with both and, if the order so provides, any Court trying such
contravention may direct that any property in respect of which the Court is satisfied that the order has been contravened shall be forfeited to Government.
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