“It is unfair and undermines our fundamental rights,” said the fireworks traders in unison, in response to the Supreme Court’s order to temporarily ban the sale of cookies in New Delhi and NCR. The court banned the sale of crackers in Delhi-NCR until October 31.
The Confederation of Indian Merchants (CAIT), which brings together 40,000 professional organizations and more than six merchants in crores across the country, made a strong exception to the ban before the Diwali festival.
“The concern of the Supreme Court over the protection of the environment is significant, but the sudden ban on the sale of cookies in Delhi-NCR, centuries old and protected by the Constitution of India under the right to work, is unfair and also against the Indian culture festival, “said Praveen Khandelwal, Secretary General of CAIT, at Firstpost.
Why do traders consider it “unfair”?
Traders who are on the same page with author Chetan Bhagat, who tweeted: traders in Delhi have many reasons to raise the red flag against the ban of SC and to call the order unfair.
The environment is still dangerous – ban on selling cookies and not burning: Asked about the ban, traders said that if there was no ban on crackers exploded, how the environment would be protected? It is the uncontrolled burning of fireworks that leads to air pollution immediately after Diwali and affects people, especially children who cause serious respiratory disorders.
Open doors for smuggling of illegal cookies: Since there is no ban on burning cookies, people will buy them in neighboring states. “This will lead to the smuggling of cookies from neighboring states to Delhi, which will be illegally sold at a much higher price.” The illegally purchased cookies are also dangerous, “said Devraj Baweja, president of Delhi Vyapari Mahasangh.
heavy financial losses of Delhi-NCR operators and government: According to CAIT, biscuits estimate at 400 Rs-Rs 500 million rupees have been bought by firecracker vendors in Delhi and NCR through legal licenses for Independence Day . “Almost Rs 500 million rupees worth of cookies have already been stored by commerçants. In addition, traders are facing a financial loss, the government will also lose revenue due to smuggled cookies, “Baweja said.
The entire supply chain will face the commotion: traders have argued that due to prohibition, the entire supply chain – from manufacturers to the last point of sale to the public must face a financial loss. “The livelihood of people – a daily bet for a retailer depends on this business of fireworks and cookies.” Because of this sudden ban, just 10 days before Diwali, the entire supply chain will face the financial crisis, “Khandelwal said.
Prohibition is against the cultural spirit of India: Echoing a sentiment similar to that of Chetan Bhagat, operators said the crackers broke out in Diwali is based on the cultural ethos of India. “It symbolizes the happiness of the people by the return of Lord Ram to Ayodhya and the welcome to the goddess Lakshmi.Le Diwali is celebrated throughout the country in different ways in which the cracking of fireworks is integral and is common partout.Ce n ‘is not only Diwali, cookies are burned to celebrate success in the sport too. This prohibition asks whether we should follow our culture or not, “said a firework dealer based in Sadar Bazar.