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

Sale of firecrackers in residential areas won't be permitted according to High Court orders

It also clarified that those who had already bought firecrackers can still burst them.

However, the court had said that the September 12 order lifting the ban on the sale and stocking of firecrackers in Delhi NCR will be back into effect from November 1.

A bench headed by justice A.K. Sikri said that the ban would not be lifted but, as interim relief, allowed the licences of traders to be extended for the time period lost under the ban.

The apex court had recently banned the sale of crackers in Delhi-NCR till November 1, dealing a body blow to the traders and businessmen dealing in them. The bench, however, indicated that it had not put any ban on bursting of crackers.

After the Supreme Court on Monday banned the sale of firecrackers in Delhi-National Capital Region (NCR) during Diwali this year to check air pollution level, the Delhi police is all set to take action against anyone found selling and purchasing firecrackers online.

It had said its November 11, 2016 order suspending the licences "should be given one chance to test itself" to see if there would be a positive effect of this, particularly during Diwali.

The Supreme Court's verdict is said to have impacted almost 400 temporary firecracker license holders and 150 permanent ones.

On September 12, the apex court had announced that firecrackers would not be banned but the traders could sell only 50 percent of the amount they had sold in the previous year, in an attempt to gradually phase out firecrackers.

The author while saying that without crackers how can children celebrate Diwali, had asked the ban supporters if they would also fight for a ban on the tradition of sacrificing animals on festivals like Bakr-Eid.

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