UP govt withdraws arrest orders against traders

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Lukcnow, Jun 1 (UNI) The Uttar Pradesh government today withdrew the order of registering cases under section 3/7 of the Essential Commodities Act, 1955 against the traders violating the stock limit notification of wheat, rice, pulses, oil and oilseeds.

Chief Minister Mayawati announced withdrawal of the earlier notification issued on May 25, in which the traders were to be arrested under the section. All the district magistrates have been directed accordingly by the Chief Secretary, the CM added.

Earlier, the entire wholesale markets of the state capital and other parts of the state went on an indefinite strike over the last four days in protest against registering of cases against the traders under section 3/7 of the Essential Commodities Act.

Addressing a press conference, Ms Mayawati said her government did not intend harrassment of the traders, but on the contrary was committed to ensure the availability of edible commodities like wheat, rice, pulses, and oilseeds to all at fair prices.

Reiterating that the May 25 notification was issued on the Centre's directive, she said officials have been directed to ensure implementation of other provisions incorporated in the GOs issued from time to time for ensuring availability of essential commodities.

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