“Keeping Sentiments In Mind…”: Himanta Sarma Vs Green Body On Crackers

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The notification says pollution from firecrackers may make symptoms of Covid patients worse. (Representative)

New Delhi:

The ban on the sale and bursting of firecrackers in Assam was imposed by the state pollution control body without consulting the state government and is currently being reviewed “keeping in mind people’s feelings, ”Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said today.

Assam’s Pollution Control Board issued a notification yesterday, imposing a complete ban on the sale and bursting of firecrackers during Diwali, Chhath and Christmas. Although green cookies were allowed, the board has set time limits for popping them – 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. during Diwali, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in Chhath, and 11:55 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. on Christmas and New Years Eve. .

Mr Sarma took to Twitter today to raise the issue. “The Assam Pollution Control Board has reportedly suo motu, without any consultation with the government, issued an order banning the sale of firecrackers and other restrictions,” he tweeted. .

“We have taken note of it. The whole issue is being re-examined, in a holistic way, keeping in mind the feelings of the people,” added the chief minister.

The state’s pollution control board notification cites decisions from the National Green Tribunal and points out that chemicals released when firecrackers burst have a severe impact on respiratory health. He adds that such pollution can worsen the symptoms of Covid-19 patients.

Pollution from bursting firecrackers has been in the spotlight in recent years, with several states banning the sale and bursting of firecrackers during festival season.

Political parties, however, are moving cautiously on the issue to avoid backlash, as such restrictions are seen as an attack on religious traditions.

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