Sikkim bans use of firecrackers amid COVID-19 crisis
Sikkim bans use of firecrackers amid COVID-19 crisis

Gangtok: The Sikkim government on Wednesday has banned the use of firecrackers across the state amid Corona virus epidemic. Chief Secretary S. C. Gupta issued an order under the provisions of the Disaster Management Act, 2005 and banned the firecrackers in the state till further orders.

He justified the decision, saying that although there has been a decrease in the number of infected people in the state and a large number of patients have been recovered, the increase in air pollution due to firecrackers could be fatal for people.  The Chief Secretary has instructed the District Magistrates and Superintendents of Police that every effort should be made to ensure compliance of the order.

Let us tell you that after Delhi, Haryana, West Bengal and Rajasthan, now the Odisha government has banned firecrackers. Odisha government has banned the sale and use of firecrackers from November 10 to 30, 2020. However, green crackers will be sold in these states, which cause less pollution. Whereas in Sikkim, all types of firecrackers are banned.

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