After demonetisation, GST, ban on firecrackers adds to traders' woes


The apex court's decision was, however, not welcomed by the firecracker traders.

"We are pained to hear that some people are trying to give a communal color to our order".

"The court has not stopped the people from celebrating the Diwali festival".

"People will burst firecrackers which they have purchased before the order banning its sale", the court said.

"On October 9, ahead of Diwali, the Supreme Court upheld the suspension of licenses for sale of firecrackers in the national capital".

The court said that its concern primarily was the health of the masses.

"The Supreme Court had on Monday put a blanket ban on the sale of firecrackers" firecrackers till November 1 to check pollution. The Supreme Court bench proceeded by the Justice AK Sikri, while re-establishing the command said, "We must see at least in one Deepavali the outcome of a cracker-free celebration".

The top court banned the sale of fire crackers in wake of deadly pollution after the Diwali festivities.

Last year, the top court suspended all licences which "permit the sale of fireworks, wholesale and retail within the territory of NCR".

"Who said we have banned the bursting of crackers".

The order of 11 November 2016, suspending licences for sale of firecrackers was operative until the next year but its impact had not been tested during the Diwali period.

According to the Newspaper, Diwali falls on October 19 this year.An acrid smog forced authorities to close schools and ban construction activities after Diwali last November.

On Wednesday, senior Congress leader Tharoor appeared to be appreciating the SC verdict through a tweet in which he said that Bakr-Id sacrifices hurt only goats, but Diwali firecrackers affect celebrants and non-revellers alike.