12 September, Chennai
Union Commerce and Industry minister Nirmala Seetharamantoday said the Centre had directed customs departments in the country to detect, seizeand send back consignments of crackers from China which were being secretly smuggledinto the country.
In a brief chat with newspersons at the airport on her arrival from New Delhi to participatein a function at a private Engineering college here, the minister said the Centre had bannedthe sale of Chinese crackers, but it has been receiving a large number of complaints about crackers from China being smuggled in and sold in the country, especially from Sivakasi town in Tamil Nadu , the world famous cracker manufacturing centre.
She said the Centre was concious of the fact that if not curbed the illegal sale of Chinese crackerswould gravely hit the livelihood of cracker manufacturers in Sivakasi and hoped that theTamil Nadu government would also crack down on this. She said the other state governments too had to maintain strict vigil and detect smuggling inand hoarding of crackers from China.
She said the commercial tax department have also been alerted and added the customsofficials at airports have been directed to begin their strict vigil three weeks before Diwalifestival which falls on November 8 this year