Cereals, pulses, oilseeds, edible oils, onion and potatoes are no more essential commodities. Central government on Tuesday passed a bill to remove these items from the list of essential commodities. The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill, which was approved by the lower house on September 15, was approved by a voice vote in Rajya Sabha on Tuesday. Essential commodities act was brought when the country was not a self sufficient in food grains production. But now the situation has changed, therefore the amendment was required, said minister of State for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Danve Raosaheb Dadarao.