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Rules seldom followed

NO PUBLIC function or event, including exhibition and trade fair, can be held without prior permission from the administration concerned. And though the permission to be given to the organiser of an event by the district magistrate is subject to certain mandatory precautionary measures to be taken by the former, such norms are followed more in breach than in practice.

india Updated: Apr 11, 2006 01:32 IST
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NO PUBLIC function or event, including exhibition and trade fair, can be held without prior permission from the administration concerned. And though the permission to be given to the organiser of an event by the district magistrate is subject to certain mandatory precautionary measures to be taken by the former, such norms are followed more in breach than in practice.

“Though there is no prescribed code in such matters, administrative wisdom requires that at least six safety factors should be taken into account before giving permission to the event’s organiser,” said additional district magistrate (executive) NP Singh.

For the applicant, this includes procuring no objection certificates from the traffic police, entertainment department, electrical safety and fire authorities and permission of the owner on whose land/property the event was to be held, he said. “Ironically, these essential precautionary steps are considered mere formalities, part of the proverbial red-tape by the organisers,” said the ADM adding that those who go by the book were regarded more of a hindrance than help in such cases by the organisers.

But the moot question remains: how many officers follow the thumb rule? “Neither do we give nor such permissions are ever sought from us by anybody in this connection,” said Chief Fire Officer JK Singh when contacted by Hindustan Times.