Kohima: Home Department of the Government of Nagaland has notified the order of the Supreme Court with respect to manufacturing, use and sale of banned firecrackers in the country.
Official sources said that in compliance with the Supreme Court’s directive to State Governments the notification informed that the Supreme Court in its October 11 last order directed the Central Government to suspend all such licenses as permit sale of fireworks, wholesale and retail, within the territory of National Capital Region.
The Court order further stated that Petroleum and Explosives Safety Organization will ensure fireworks with permitted chemicals only during Diwali and all other religious festivals, of any religion whatsoever, and other occasions like marriages. The suspension shall remain in force till further orders of this Court; and no such licenses shall be granted or renewed till further orders, the order stated.
Meanwhile, Dimapur Deputy Commissioner Rajesh Soundararajan, following the Supreme Court setting aside the Calcutta High Court order imposing a total ban on firecrackers, has issued directives concerning firecrackers for strict compliance by all concerned.
In his order, stated that no fireworks would be burst in silent zones an area at least 100 meters away from hospitals, nursing homes, primary and district health care centres, educational institutions, courts and religious places. He informed that only crackers with reduced emission and green crackers would be permitted to be sold through licensed traders and used.
In the meantime, in order, the Mokokchung Deputy Commissioner Limawabang Jamiry stated that, in pursuance of the directives issued by the Supreme Court and in view of the ongoing pandemic and in the interest of public health, selling and bursting of firecrackers within Mokokchung district is totally prohibited with immediate effect. Anyone found violating will be penalized as per the relevant sections of the law, the order added.