Nagaland: Total ban on sale, use of firecrackers till January 2021
Kohima: Ahead of the festive season, the Nagaland state government imposed a total ban on sale and use of firecrackers in all parts of the state. An order from the home department notified that the prohibition is enforced from Tuesday till January 31 next year.
The decision comes in the wake of increase in COVID-19 positive cases in the State and the fast-approaching winter season during which the elderly, children, persons with comorbidities and others are likely to develop respiratory problem.
Ahead of Diwali and other festivals, the state government warned that bursting of firecrackers releases harmful chemicals which have severe impact on the respiratory health of vulnerable groups and that such pollutants may prove hazardous for recovered as well as active COVID-19 patients.
Considering the potentially harmful effects of bursting of firecrackers, it directed the prohibition on the sale and use of firecrackers in all parts of the state starting from November 10 till January 31, 2021 in the interest of the public.
In exercise of power conferred under Section 22 (2) (h) of the Disaster Management Act, 2005, the State Government imposed the complete ban.
It warned that any person found violating the order will be punished under relevant provisions of the Disaster Management Act, 2005 and other relevant laws.
It directed the Deputy Commissioners of all districts, Commissioner of Police, Dimapur and Superintendents of Police to take all measures and necessary action to ensure compliance of this order.