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DMK MP urges Centre to lift ‘shocking’ ban on firecrackers, says they wont hurt environment or worsen Covid-19

Lok Sabha MP from Sriperumbudur constituency, T R Baalu Saturday wrote to Union Labour Minister Santosh Gangwar urging him to personally ensure the “sudden ban” on the sale of firecrackers in several states ahead of Diwali was lifted, as it affected the prospects of the fireworks industry in Tamil Nadu. The DMK leader said the bans imposed would affect the employment of 8 lakh workers in the state. He challenged the environmental and health rationale behind the bans and asserted that crackers were manufactured according to the Supreme Court guidelines, thereby having low emission levels and containing no poisonous or banned chemicals.

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