After Rajasthan, Bengal imposes ban on bursting of firecrackers


The West Bengal government has imposed a ban on the bursting of firecrackers during the upcoming festivals including Diwali. The order to ban firecrackers by the Bengal government has come a day after Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot announced similar measures ‘in order to protect the health of #COVID19 infected patients.’

Quoting Bengal Chief Secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay, news agency PTI reported that the Bengal government had decided to not allow bursting of firecrackers during Kali puja, Diwali festivals to check air pollution and hazardous for COVID-19 patients.”

On Monday, Gehlot had said in a series of tweets, “State govt has taken the decision to ban the sale and bursting of firecrackers in order to protect health of #COVID19 infected patients & public from poisonous smoke emanating due to fireworks. In this challenging corona pandemic time,protecting lives of ppl is paramount for govt.”

His subsequent tweet had read, “The poisonous smoke emanating from fireworks is a health hazard for #COVID19 patients as well as those suffering from heart ailments & breathing problems. In such a situation, people should avoid fireworks during Diwali.”

Gehlot had said that instructions had also ‘been given to ban the temporary license for the sale of firecrackers and that fireworks should also be stopped during wedding & other functions.’

Gehlot’s decision was widely welcomed by civil rights activists with many urging other state governments to emulate the decision in light of worsening air pollution during the festive season.


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