'Organic' Sikkim issues blanket ban on Diwali firecrackers

Thursday, 12 Nov, 10.49 am

Sikkim is the first state in Northeast India to order a blanket ban on sale and use of firecrackers during Diwali.

S C Gupta, chief secretary of Sikkim, in an order issued on Wednesday under section 522 (2) (h) Disaster Management Act 2005, banned bursting fire crackers, citing concern about air pollution.

The blanket ban on the sale and use of firecrackers in Sikkim will turn the Tihar festival a totally lackluster affair amid the COVID19 pandemic.

"Significant numbers of COVID-19 patients have recovered.