The Madras high court had called for a stop on Chinese made firecrackers, but did that stop anything?
A range of rulings have curtailed the sale of firecrackers across India. These range from fewer licenses to even outright banning them in some parts. Chinese made firecrackers were banned because they reportedly cause more harm. But, the fact is that these actions affect employment both in production and in subsequent steps down the value chain. Firecrackers are a great employment generator and substitutes for polluting firecrackers can be found.
As the Judiciary tightens controls on firecrackers, the executive would do well to invest in R&D on pollution-free firecrackers. Its scientific establishments like IITs and CSIR labs could be assigned such a task.