2. In this Act, unless there is anything repugnant in the subject or context,-
(a) “essential article” means any article, other than an article which is an “essential commodity” within the meaning of section 2 of the [* * *] Control of Essential Commodities Act, 1956, which the Government may, from time to time, declare by notification, to be an article to which the provisions of this Act shall apply;
(b) “family” includes all persons who live in a private house and are members of the same mess;
(c) “notification” means a notification published in the official Gazette;
(d) “prescribed” means prescribed by rules made under this Act;
(e) “retailer” means a trader who sells any essential article directly to a consumer;
(f) “trader” means any person engaged in the purchase, sale or storage for sale of any essential article; and
(g) “wholesaler” means a trader other than a retailer.