As per a recent news, the district administration of Jaisalmer has imposed a ban on sale and use of crackers on Diwali 2020 in view of the Covid-19 pandemic. It has also prohibited burning of effigies of Ravana, Kumbhakarna and Meghnad on Dussehra for the same reason.
Jaisalmer collector Ashish Modi called a meeting of the peace committee on Saturday and requested representatives of all religions and sections to generate awareness about the ban on bursting crackers. Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot had earlier appealed to people not to use crackers this Diwali. Even doctors of Jaipur’s SMS Hospital felt that bursting of crackers would cause problems to patients who have recovered from Covid-19.
On average, firecrackers worth Rs 2.5 crore is sold in Jaisalmer city every Diwali, while around Rs 5 crore is spent on crackers in the entire district.