RSS linked Swadeshi Jagaran Manch strongly opposed the complete ban on firecrackers in Delhi during Diwali.
The SJM alleged that the Delhi government’s complete ban on firecrackers was aimed at misguiding people and diverting their attention from the real cause of air pollution in the national capital. (Photo: AP)
By Ram Kinkar Singh: The RSS-affiliated Swadeshi Jagran Manch (SJM) opposed the Aam Aadmi Party led Delhi government’s decision to ban all kinds of firecrackers on Diwali calling the ban “inappropriate and unscientific.”
The Swadeshi Jagran Manch said that the move could cause millions of workers to lose their jobs and others engaged in the production and distribution of fire crackers in the country.
The SJM alleged that the Delhi government’s complete ban on firecrackers was aimed at misguiding people and diverting their attention from the real cause of air pollution in the national capital.
Government agencies have failed to solve the problem of stubble burning in Punjab, Haryana, Delhi and other parts of the country even though it is the “biggest source” of air pollution in the national capital and the surrounding northern states, the SJM said without naming anyone.
SJM, in a statement said, “The SJM strongly opposes the complete ban on firecrackers by the Delhi government during the festival of Diwali as it is inappropriate.”
The RSS affiliated body also urged the state governments to look for a permanent solution to the problem of stubble burning and repeal the restrictions on firecrackers during Diwali.
The burning of firecrackers “illegally” imported from China causes air pollution due to mixing of potassium nitrate and sulphur in them, not the green firecrackers manufactured in the country, it said.
“Potassium nitrate and sulphur are not mixed in green firecrackers made in India today. Other pollutants such as aluminium, lithium, arsenic and mercury etc., have also been reduced to the minimum,” the SJM said.
The Swadeshi Jagran Manch said that the green firecrackers cause 30 per cent less pollution.
The “last minute” decision of the Delhi Government and the Delhi Pollution Control Committee to ban even the green firecrackers is “highly deplorable”, the SJM said.
Since the Union government has imposed “an effective ban” on the Chinese firecrackers, it is completely “unfair” to impose a blanket ban on all types of firecrackers in Delhi during the festival of Diwali, it said.
The ban on all kinds of firecrackers is not just “arbitrary, anti-people and bereft of any scientific basis, but also hurting the sentiments of the people on the occasion of Diwali”, it added.
“The Swadeshi Jagran Manch also urges the Delhi Police to come clear on whether they will follow the arbitrary orders of the Delhi government of arresting people in Delhi if found in possession of or bursting firecrackers,” the Swadeshi Jagran Manch said.