After demonetisation, GST, ban on firecrackers adds to traders' woes

Sale of firecrackers in residential areas won't be permitted according to High Court orders

The traders told the apex court that their licences were revived in pursuance of the apex court's order passed on 12 September and they procured firecrackers for sale during Diwali.

The Supreme Court's verdict is said to have impacted almost 400 temporary firecracker license holders and 150 permanent ones.

"We are pained at communal remarks on the verdict. It is sad", the court said.

"Sale of firecrackers which has already taken place before the ban order".

The Supreme Court has refused to modify its order suspending licence for sale of firecrackers in Delhi and NCR ahead of Diwali.

According to the Newspaper, Sikri, who leads the Bench, responded.The Bench, also comprising of Justice Ashok Bhushan, was hearing firecracker manufacturers and traders hit by October 9 ban."Diwali has been celebrated for hundreds of years".

Several traders had approached the court saying that the ban order was unfair to them as they had been issued licences for a limited period of time to sell crackers during Diwali and would incur huge losses due to the ban.

Disagreeing with the SC's ban on crackers sale, renowned author Chetan Bhagat had asked on Monday why such bans are only against Hindu festivals.

It had said its November 11, 2016 order suspending the licences "should be given one chance to test itself" to see if there is a positive effect of this, particularly during Diwali. "We have also directed the people not to use fire crackers within the radius of 500 meters from Indane bottling plant situated in Badshahpur and 100 meters away from fuel stations", Singh said.

A three-judge bench restored apex court's November 2016 order banning sale of crackers in NCR and suspended its September 2017 order - which allowed limited sale but banned imports from other states.

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