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No. 10 OF 1987
9th May, 1987


Jute Packaging Material (Compulsory Use) Act, 1987

Essential Commodities Act, 1955 (10 of 1955)

Jute Products, in Order of Indian Trade Classification Code NO.

An Act to provide for the compulsory use of jute packaging material in supply and distribution of certain commodities in the interests of production of raw jute and jute packaging material, and of persons engaged inthe production thereof and for matters connected therewith. Be it enacted by Parliament in the Thirty-eighth Yearof the Republic of India as follows.

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(1) This Act may be called the Jute Packaging Materials(Compulsory Use in
     Packing Commodities) Act,1987.
(2) It extends to the whole of India.
(3) It shall come into force on such date as the Central Government may, by
     notification in the Official Gazetted appoint. 



In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires :- 
(a) "commodity" means - 
            (i) any essential commodity ;
           (ii) any article manufactured or produced by any scheduled)  
           "essential commodity" sed industry ; as in theEssential Commodity 
(b) shall have the same meaning ties Act, 1955 ; 
(c) "Jute packaging material" means jute, jute yarn, jute twine, jute sacking
     cloth, hessian cloth, jute bags orany other packaging material containing
     not less than seventy-five per cent, byweight, of jute; 
(d) "scheduled industry" shall have the same meaning as in the Industries
    (Development and Regulation)Act, 1951  
(e) "Standing Advisory Committee" means the Standing Advisory committee
     constituted undersection 4.





(i) Notwithstanding anything contained in any other law for the time being in force, the Central Government may, if it is satisfied,after commodities considering the recommendations made to it by the Standing Advisory which are required Committee, that it is necessary so to do in the interests of production of raw jute and jute packaging material, and of persons engaged in the production thereof, by order published in the Official Gazette, direct, from time to time, that such commodity or class of commoditiesor such percentage thereof, as may be specified in the order, shall, on and from such date, as may be specified in the order, be packed for the purposesof its supply or distribution in such jute packaging material as may be specified in the orderProvidedthat until such time as the Standing Advisory Committee is constituted under section 4, the Central Government shall, before makingany order under this sub-section, consider the matters specified in sub-section (2) of section 4, and any order so made shall cease to operate at the expiration of three months from the date on which the Standing Advisory Committee makes its recommendations. 


(ii)  Every order made under sub-section (1) shall be laid, as soon as may be after it is made, before each House of Parliament, while itis in session, for a total period of thirty days which may be comprised in one session or in two or more successive sessions, and if, before the expiry of the session immediately following the session or the successive sessions aforesaid, both Houses agree in makingany modification in the order or both Houses agree that the order should not be made, the order shall thereafter have effect only in suchmodified form or be of no effect, as the case, prejudice to the validity of anything previously done under that order.




(1) The Central Government shall with a view to determining the commodity or class Of commodities or percentages thereof in respectof which jute packaging material shall be used in their packing, constitute a Standing Advisory Committee consisting of such personsas have, in the opinion of that Government the necessary expertise to give advice in the matter. 

(2) The Standing Advisory Committee shall, after considering the following matters, indicate its recommendations to the Central Government, namely :- 
(a) the existing level Of usage of jute material ; 
(b) the quantity of raw jute available ; 
(c) the quantity of jute material available ; 
(d) the protection of interests of persons engaged in the 
                          jute industry and in the production of raw jute ;
(e) the need for continued maintenance of jute industry ; 
       (f) the quantity Of commodities which, in its opinion is likely
                          to be required for packing in jute material ; 
           (g) such other matters as the Standing Advisory Committee
                         may think fit.

Where an order has been made under section 3 requiring any commodity, Provided that nothing in this sction shall applyto the supply or distribution of any commodity, class of commodities or percentage thereof for a period of three months from the aforesaid date if immediately before that date such commodity, class of commodities or percentage, thereofwere being packed in any material other than jute packaging material.


6. The Central Government may, by order, require any person, who is required to use jute packaging material for packingunder section 5, to furnish for the purposes of this Act,-  
(a) such information in his possession, with respect to any commodity or class
     of commodities or percentage thereofwhich requires such pack4ng, to
     any officer specified by it, in such form and within such period as ma be
     specifiedby that Government in the order
(b) such samples of jute packaging material for inspection by such officer at
     such places and within such period as may be specified by it in the order.



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