Stalin thanks Rajasthan CM for easing cracker rules

Chennai: Tamilnadu Chief Minister M K Stalin has thanked his Rajasthan counterpart Ahok Ghelot for lifting the blanket ban on sale of crackers, hours after getting his requisition letter.

On Friday, Stalin wrote to his counterparts in four states, urging them to consider lifting the blanket ban on fireworks during this Deepavali. He said the ban would set a bad precedent to other States with less than three weeks left for the festival and affect the livelihood of eight lakh employees in Virudhunagar district.

‘The firecracker industry, concentrated around the town of Sivakasi, is one of the most important industrial activities in the state. Around 8 lakh workers depend on the firecracker industry for their livelihood, which is the largest in our country. It has been brought to my notice that your government has imposed a ban on the sale of firecrackers during this festival season (Deepavali-2021). Such a ban if imposed by other states would lead to the closure of the entire industry, jeopardising the livelihood of around 8 lakh persons,’ he said, in his letter to the CMs of Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan and Odisha.


NT Bureau