Nagaland bans sale, use of firecrackers, partial ban in Assam ahead of Diwali

In front of Diwali, the Nagaland government has announced a complete ban around the purchase and employ of firecrackers within the condition till The month of january 31 the coming year.

A notification from Nagaland Chief Secretary J Alam on Tuesday mentioned that bursting firecrackers releases dangerous chemicals harmful towards the respiratory system health of vulnerable groups and the like pollutants further may prove hazardous for retrieved in addition to active Covid-19 patients.

“Considering the potentially dangerous results of the bursting of firecrackers, the condition government has forwarded to stop the purchase and employ of firecrackers in most areas of the condition from November 10, 2020, to The month of january 31, 2021, in public places interest,” stated within the government notification.

The ban continues to be enforced under Section 22 (2) (h) from the Disaster Management Act, 2005.

The Nagaland government cautioned that anyone found violating an order could be punished under relevant provisions from the Disaster Management Act, 2005 along with other relevant laws and regulations and entrusted the Deputy Commissioners, Commissioner of Police, Dimapur and Superintendents of Police to consider all measures and necessary actions to make sure compliance.

However, following a notice from the nation’s Eco-friendly Tribunal to 18 states including Assam, Pollution Control Board, Assam (PCBA) has issued a notification banning the purchase and employ of all types of firecrackers in Guwahati city till November 30 night time.

Within the notification, Pollution Control Board, Assam mentioned that except Guwahati within the other locations only eco-friendly crackers could be offered, and bursting is permitted just for two hrs during Diwali festivals from 8 pm to 10 pm, during Chatt Puja from 6 am to eight am and through Christmas and Year eve from 11-55 pm to 12-30 am.

However, keeping aside the NGT and Pollution Control Board ban, Assam Finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma stated with improvement within the Covid-19 situation in Assam, the federal government hasn’t planned any limitations around the celebration of Diwali including using firecrackers.

Himanta Biswa Sarma tweeted: Like every other religion, Hindus have the authority to celebrate festivals. With improvement in #COVID19 situation in Assam,we plan no limitations on celebration of #Diwali including utilization of #Firecrackers. However, kindly remember, self-restraint is essential to combat #COVID19.”