Swadeshi Jagran Manch, an RSS affiliate, has urged the state governments to not impose a blanket ban on the sale of firecrackers on the event of Diwali. Ashwani Mahajan, nationwide co-convener of SJM, mentioned that governments have been taking motion like banning all sorts of firecrackers forward of Diwali with none “factual info”.
He mentioned that governments ought to perceive that air pollution attributable to firecrackers was primarily attributable to illegally imported firecrackers from China.
“There was air pollution as a result of mixing of potassium nitrate and sulfur in Chinese language firecrackers. Nonetheless, in inexperienced firecrackers which are made in India immediately, potassium nitrate and sulfur are usually not blended, and different pollution corresponding to aluminum, lithium, arsenic and mercury and many others. have been decreased,” he mentioned. Mahajan added that these firecrackers are licensed by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Analysis and “trigger a minimal of 30 per cent much less air pollution”.
“For the reason that Indian authorities has imposed an efficient ban on Chinese language firecrackers, it’s utterly unfair to impose a blanket ban on all sorts of firecrackers on Diwali,” he mentioned.
Mahajan argued that the livelihoods of almost a million folks rely upon the firecracker business. Banning firecrackers will have an effect on them, he mentioned.
“These folks look ahead to Diwali to promote their firecrackers. In such a state of affairs, it’s not prudent to ban inexperienced firecrackers that are much less polluting with none scientific foundation,” he mentioned.
The SJM chief additionally sought the Modi authorities’s intervention and urged it to tell the Nationwide Inexperienced Tribunal about the actual air pollution results of inexperienced firecrackers.
A number of northern states and cities have banned the sale of firecrackers forward of Diwali to verify air high quality. The listing consists of Karnataka, West Bengal, Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan, Chandigarh, and Mumbai amongst others.