Bengal government prepares to legalize firecracker industry ahead of Mamata Banerjee’s visit to Egra
Trinamool Congress Speaker and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. (File photo/PTI)
The Chief Minister’s visit to Egra includes a meeting with the relatives of the victims affected by the explosion at the illegal firecrackers factory last week
A day ahead of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s visit to Egra in the Purba Medinipur district, where 12 people were killed in a huge explosion at an illegal firecracker factory last week, the Chief Secretary of State He met with district magistrates, commissioners and SPs from all districts on the legalization of fireworks.
The Chief Minister’s visit to Egra includes a meeting with the relatives of the victims affected by the explosion at the illegal firecrackers factory last week.
The government is currently in the process of legalizing the cracker factories. During a meeting, it was decided that a simplified Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) will be formulated to speed up the licensing process for manufacturers.
To facilitate this, District Magistrates (DM) have been tasked with identifying suitable land, preferably in close proximity to existing areas and ensuring its security, for the establishment of cracker manufacturing facilities.
According to the sources, the decision was made to introduce an online application system for licenses in the cracker industry. District Magistrates (DMs) have been instructed to provide guidance and support, and some registered organizations will be involved in the implementation of this programme.
The recent meeting followed a decision made during a Cabinet meeting chaired by the Chief Minister on Monday that it was decided that groups would be established in areas identified as hotspots for the illegal manufacture of fireworks.
The government has made the decision to exclusively allow the manufacture of green biscuits.
To determine the cluster design and ensure effective implementation, a stakeholder team was dispatched to Shivakashi in Tamil Nadu to study the existing setup and make recommendations. This team will receive special training from Shivakashi experts during the first week of June.
According to administration sources, considering the significant number of people, approximately 10 lakhs, currently engaged in the firecracker industry, the need of the hour is to explore alternative employment opportunities and ensure smooth transition towards legalization of firecrackers. the green firecrackers industry.
A tragic explosion occurred in Egra, Purba Medinipur on May 16, resulting in the loss of 12 lives. Among those killed was the main defendant, Bhanu Bag, who had fled to Odisha. However, he met with his demise during his time in hiding. Following the incident, the case was transferred to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) for further investigation.
After the Egra blast, three members of a family succumbed at Budge Budge at South 24 Parganas on Monday and a fire at a carbide pit in Malda district on Tuesday killed two people.