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Cracker-Free Diwali Festival, 2016

Feed back received from Andhashraddha Nirmoolan Samiti (ANS) activists indicate that there has been tremendous response from school going children from all over Maharashtra to say NO emphatically to crackers during Diwali festival this year. In fact ANS has initiated this movement of environmental protection right from 2006. ANS activists have taken this activity with missionary zeal.

Just prior to Diwali days ANS activists visit the school in their local areas. They will stress upon the importance of environmental protection and pollution free atmosphere through lectures, demonstrations and exhibitions. As a tradition the crackers are being used in large scale to celebrate the festivities all over India and particularly in Maharashtra. The fired crackers ooze out toxic material in the atmosphere. These will also enhance the noise pollution sometimes reaching 100+ decibels. This is certainly harmful to old people, patients and toddlers. Besides the pollution, the crackers are fire hazards injuring eyes and body parts of the children if due care is not taken.

Considering ill effects, ANS is fighting against this age old tradition of celebrating the festival. The activists stress upon the school children not to purchase the crackers at all and save the money for some other good purpose. Activists advise students to insist their parents not to waist money on this futile pleasure. The students take pledge and indicate how much money they can save by not using crackers.

A table showing the branchwise savings from school going students is as under:

Report of Campaign on Crackers-Free Diwali Festival, 2016
(Rs
in lakhs)
District Branch Schools Students Savings
Akola Akola 21 5000 20
Amaravati Amaravati 3 1200 2.4
Aurangabad Kannada 4 1900 193
Beed Kej 3 1200 1.2
Beed 5 1500 3
Chandrapur Varora 1 100 0.1
Dhule Dhule 10 1720 0.9
Nimgul 2 300 0.7
Jalana Dhansavangi 5 400 0.2
Jalana 22 13500 3.2
Jalgaon Amlaner 1 300 0.6
Jalgaon dist 64 39000 64
Jamner 8 1500 0.8
Dharangaon 1 1400 1.4
Kolhapur Kolhapur 50 12000 110
Latur Latur 5 1500 1.5
Latur Chakur 200 40000 250
Mumbai Goregaon 3 490 1
Mumbai Dadar 6 1750 17.5
Nagar Akole 5 6000 3
Nagar 2 900 0.9
Kanhur Pathar 1 1200 0.6
Shevgaon 5 3500 3.5
Jamkhed 1 360 0.7
Nagpur Karadi 3 1000 0.85
Nanded Nanded 5 2250 22.5
Nandurbar Shahada 22 37000 25
Nashik Kalavan 4 4000 8
Nashik Rd 1 2500 5
Yevala 7 1400 1.4
Palaghar Palaghar 40 32000 47
Mokhada 4 440 0.66
Parabhani Poorna 150 38000 40
Parabhani 120 20000 20
Jintur 78 15000 15
Pune Chinchawad 17 31000 60
Pune 150 180000 500
Bhor 13 2500 18
Raigad Alibaug 11 1800 0.36
Khopoli 7 2200 2.25
Tala 5 2500 25
Dighade 4 725 7.8
Nagothane 6 1450 0.33
Panvel 17 3700 14.75
Pali 2 1000 1
Ratnagiri Dapoli 1 70 0.14
Pachal 10 5000 5
Sakharapada 3 250 0.5
Sangali Islampur 18 8100 21.7
Shirala 2 550 0.5
Satara Satara 11 3130 6.9
Solapur Karmala 3 2730 0.53
Barshi 5 3000 1.5
Thane Ambarnath 3 1470 14.7
Thane 11 6000 6
Dombivali 14 2400 12.5
Bhivandi 5 2000 1.25
Kasare 7 3500 4.1
Usmanabad Umaraga 2 250 0.12
Kalamb 7 5000 0.25
Kaladev Nimbala 2 250 0.12
Usmanabad 5 2000 2
Vardha Vardha 5 900 0.9
Yavatmal Pandhar Kavada 18 1260 2.5
Yavatmal 4 750 0.25
Total 1230 565795 1576.56
(Rs in lakhs)

The activists had visited more than 1200 schools, contacted 5.65 lakh students which resulted into approx 16 crore Rs worth of savings by not purchasing the crackers. ANS also requested the local trading communities not to use fire crackers to celebrate Diwali. There was good response from these communities too.

Let us hope the use of crackers will be completely stopped in the near future and public will realize its ill effects.

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