The government of Rajasthan on Thursday, September 30, ordered a total ban on the sale and bursting of firecrackers in the state from October 1, 2021 to January 31, 2022.
In accordance with the ordinance, several experts have indicated the possibility of a new wave of COVID-19 pandemic and large-scale celebrations by the bursting of firecrackers will not only result in an agglomeration of people in violation of social distancing standards, but also a high level of air pollution leading to serious health problems in Rajasthan.
The bursting of firecrackers amid the prevailing pandemic crisis is not favorable to the cause of wider community health given the important relationship between air pollution and respiratory infections, according to the ordinance. .
The government of Rajasthan has also asked District Magistrates (DMs) and Deputy Police Commissioners (DCP) to implement the guidelines and submit daily reports on actions taken.
Meanwhile, on Tuesday, September 28, the Delhi Pollution Control Committee also ordered a complete ban on the sale and bursting of firecrackers in the nation’s capital until January 1, 2022.
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