CHENNAI: Declaring that the ban on the sale and bursting of crackers throughout the Deepavali season in Odisha and Rajasthan because of the COVID scenario would have a direct bearing on the livelihoods of lakhs of individuals in Tamil Nadu, Chief Minister Edappadi Ok Palaniswami on Thursday requested the Chief Ministers of those states – Naveen Patnaik and Ashok Gehlot respectively – to carry the ban.
“Tamil Nadu state produces primarily inexperienced crackers and due to this fact the query of environmental air pollution doesn’t come up. There isn’t any empirical or validated knowledge to display that the bursting of crackers has an impact on COVID sufferers. I, due to this fact, request you to rethink the choice to ban the sale and bursting of crackers in your state for this Deepavali season,” the Chief Minister stated in his letter to his counterparts in Odisha and Rajasthan.
The Chief Minister additionally identified that Tamil Nadu had been a serious cracker manufacturing state utilizing uncooked supplies that guarantee decreased emission ranges and low decibels. The state contributes about 90 p.c of the overall manufacture of crackers within the nation, offering direct employment to round 4 lakh individuals and oblique employment to 4 lakh individuals, he stated.
“Their livelihood solely is determined by the sale of crackers throughout Deepavali season. The ban on bursting crackers in your state can have a direct bearing on the livelihood of over 8 lakh employees within the state of Tamil Nadu and one other equal variety of individuals engaged in its sale,” the Chief Minister added.
Palaniswami additionally recalled that the Supreme Courtroom, in its judgment dated October 23, 2018, contemplating the direct and oblique employment concerned within the manufacturing of crackers, in addition to to safeguard the standard/cultural manner of celebrating the Deepavali competition, directed all of the states “to encourage bursting of crackers in public locations for a restricted interval of two hours on the day of Deepavali”.
Tamil Nadu, in tune with the SC instructions, had restricted the bursting of inexperienced crackers to at least one hour within the morning and one hour within the night, he added.