The Kerala government on Tuesday decided to address the rising concerns over firework shows in the state by calling an all-party meeting to discuss a cracker ban in the state.
“I have convened an all-party meeting on April 14, 2 pm. In that meeting we will discuss this (cracker ban) and in that meeting concerned ministries opposition leader and all party leaders will be there,” Kerala chief minister Oommen Chandy said.
“This is a major policy decision, we will take a proper decision after the deliberations of that meeting,” he added.
Chandy visited the victims of the Puttingal Temple tragedy and assured that the government is providing special healthcare to all the patients.
Earlier, a senior Kerala High Court Judge suggested seeking immediate judicial intervention by the court to stop “man-made” tragedies like Kollam mishap.
In a letter to Registrar General of the HC, Justice V Chitambaresh said, “The time is more than ripe for immediate judicial intervention to stop such man-made tragedies by banning the use of high decibel explosive fire crackers.”
The ‘Devaswom Bench’ comprising Justices Thottathil B Radhakrishnan and Anu Sivaraman will consider the petition on Tuesday afternoon.
Justice Chitambaresh said, “The right to profess, practice and propagate the religion of one?s choice under Article 25 of the Constitution of India does not take in the freedom to use dangerous crackers.”