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Ensure That Only Green Crackers Are Sold: Karnataka High Court Directs State Authorities

Lawstreet Journal 16 Nov 2020 10:53pm

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The Karnataka High Court ordered the State Government to strictly ensure that only 'green firecrackers' containing the CSIR-NEERI and PESO distinct, green logo and the Quick Response (QR) code on their packaging are sold in the State.

In order to ensure that only 'green firecrackers' were sold, the Court also ordered approved policemen, police, and local authorities such as city councils, municipalities, and the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) to regularly inspect stalls selling crackers.

The Court asked the government to provide large publicity across various media outlets, including new television and social media networks, to increase awareness of green firecrackers. It said, before making cracker purchases, the public should be asked to look for the green logo and QR code.

The directions were given by a division bench comprising Chief Justice Abhay Shreeniwas Oka and Justice S. Vishwajith Shetty after the government, acting on the court's observation on Thursday, issued a notice explaining what green crackers constitute and how they can be detected late Thursday night.

The Bench, during a hearing on Thursday, had pointed out that the government’s order of allowing only “green firecrackers” was “ineffective” as it did not specify what such crackers were and how the public could identify them.

“The green firecracker packing can be identified through the distinct, green logo of the National Council of Scientific and Industrial Research-Environment Engineering Research Institute (CSIR-NEERI) and Petroleum and Explosive Safety Organisation (PESO), as well as QR code system. The QR code is a novel feature incorporated on the firecrackers to… Continue Reading...

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