Even as reports suggest a sharp dip in the sale of Chinese items during the coming Diwali, Chhattisgarh
might take aggressive steps to discourage the business in the state.
Chief Minister Raman Singh
has himself taken over the command of the campaign against Chinese crackers and lights. “I would like to appeal the people of the state not to use Chinese crackers and lights this Diwali,” Singh said.
He suggested that instead of electronic lights marketed by the Chinese companies, people should use clay lamps which would be environment-friendly too.
The appeal of the state Chief Minister was likely to propel the authorities to take up an aggressive campaign against the Chinese Diwali
Last year, Chhattisgarh
government had banned the sale of imported items during the festival of lights. The initiative came after Chinese lights
resulted in eye infection during Navaratri
celebrations at a few places.
Following the instruction of Chief Minister Raman Singh, the state government issued a circular to all the District Collectors asking for strict action against Chinese items. The district administration officials raided electrical shops and seized Chinese lights.
The organising committees of Durga Utsav
were asked to remove the Chinese lights.
The electrical shop owners have been asked to submit an affidavit with the undertaking that they would not sell Chinese lights
causing health problems.
In Chhattisgarh, Chinese lights
and crackers have a business size of Rs 100-110 crore.
According to traders, the business of Chinese items was likely to see a sharp decline in the state as many dealers had not even placed an order.