Telangana bans sale and use of firecrackers with immediate effect

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The High Court had directed the government to ensure closure of all shops selling firecrackers throughout the State

People in Telangana will celebrate Diwai without the sound and spark of firecrackers with the state government imposing a ban on sale and bursting of firecrackers in the state.

An order in this regard was issued by Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar a day after the Hyderabad High Court directed the State government to ban the sale and use of firecrackers. The court had directed the government to ensure closure of all shops selling firecrackers throughout the State.

"Government after careful consideration of the matter and keeping in view the directions of the Hon'ble High Court, hereby impose a ban on the sale and use of firecrackers by the people and organisations, with immediate effect," the Chief Secretary’s order said.

The Chief Secretary has instructed the Director General of Police, Fire Services DG, District Collectors, Commissioners and Superintendents of Police to take immediate action to ensure closure of such shops. Action taken in this regard must be informed to the government by Monday, the instructions said.

"The Commissioner & Ex Officio Principal Secretary to Government, I & PR Department shall issue an appeal to people, through the Print, Press and Electronic Media, to refrain from bursting firecracker," the state government order stated.

Meanwhile, India Today reported that the Telangana Fire Workers Dealers Association (TFWDA) has approached the Supreme Court, challenging the decision of the Telangana High Court to ban the sale and the use of firecrackers in the state.

The Supreme Court is holding an urgent hearing on the plea filed by TFWDA. In the plea, TFWDA has submitted that the petitioners are seriously affected by the high court order as "despite the petitioner-association being a proper and necessary party, the order was passed without making them a party to the proceedings and without considering the impact of the order on the livelihood of its members".

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