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CUTTACK: For lengthy, Padampur and a cluster of villages round it have carried the tag of Odisha’s Sivakasi with delight. This 12 months, they’re crestfallen. The State Authorities’s ban on firecrackers has left the producers in Cuttack district within the lurch.
Firecrackers are manufactured in Padampur and its adjoining villages Trilochanpur, Mahajanpur, Purbakachha, Madhyakachha, Paschimakachha, Paga, Laxminarayanpur, Bahugram, Hatikhana, Champati, Bahadalpatna and Jangapatna in Salepur block.
Round 2,500 folks of greater than 500 households belonging to each Hindu and Muslim communities in these localities look ahead to Diwali as that is the time when their earnings go up considerably. Regardless of age, caste and gender, they’re invested within the enterprise.
As a result of COVID-19 pandemic, they’d stopped manufacturing firecrackers since March however stepped up manufacturing after the Collector introduced that there can be no ban on sale of crackers forward of Diwali. “Manufacturing was utterly stopped when lockdown was introduced. We stepped up manufacturing just lately and labored around the clock with the hope of creating some cash by promoting the crackers throughout Diwali. However all of the inventory will stay unsold now and we’ll face enormous loss,” stated Prabhat Mohanty, a firecracker producer of Padampur.
The “sudden” ban has additionally hit 1,500-odd sellers onerous who arrange momentary stalls throughout the district to promote crackers throughout Diwali. The sale largely continues until Kartik Purnima. “After Collector Bhabani Shankar Chayani and police gave nod on the market of firecrackers for Diwali, we had utilized for permission for organising stalls and positioned orders for firecrackers,” stated a dealer who had utilized for permission.
In response to Commissionerate Police, seven individuals have thus far utilized for permission for organising stalls to promote crackers. “After the choice of Particular Aid Commissioner, the functions can be returned to the candidates involved,” stated ACP Anil Kumar Beuria.