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Orissa High Court in its order allowed bursting of green fireworks during Diwali celebrations

Bhubaneswar1/11/21: Hours after the Orissa High Court in its order allowed bursting of green fireworks during Diwali celebrations, the Odisha government today came out with the detailed guidelines on sale and use of firecrackers during the festival of Diwali, Chhat Puja and Kartik Purnima.

In an order, the Special Relief Commissioner’s Office said sale and use of fireworks shall be limited to only green fireworks that conform to the definition and formulation as proposed by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research –National Environmental Engineering Research Institute.

Other than green fireworks, sale and use of other fireworks and joined fireworks shall be completely banned.

The SRC order stated use of fireworks shall be limited to 8PM to 10 PM on Diwali day (November 4) only.

Only those traders or dealers who obtain and produce a certificate from the Petroleum and Explosive Safety Organisation (PESO), after due inspection of their existing stock shall be allowed to sell their products.

Regarding sale of green fireworks, the SRC order mentioned that authenticated copy of the PESO certificate granted after due inspection of existing stocks lying in possession of traders and dealers shall be deposited with the district administration and police commissioner for getting permission to sell green fireworks.

Traders and dealers who fail to obtain and produce the certificate from PESO shall not be allowed to sell their products keeping the precautionary principle in mind.

“Mere labeling of fireworks boxes as green fireworks and providing QR codes shall not entitle any trader or dealer to sell the same,” the order mentioned.

Retailers will be allowed to set up shops and sell green fireworks in special zones designated by the respective district administration or Police Commissionerate.

“Violation of the directives will be dealt strictly and penal action will be taken,” it read.

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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