Diwali is the one of the largest and brightest festivals in India and holds immense importance for Hindus. But today’s kids, all they get from school ‘say no to crackers’, Government making appeal ‘lets have a peaceful Diwali’ and parents saying ‘crackers are expensive’. So this year too Delhi Deputy Chief Minister and Education Minister Manish Sisodia wrote letters to principals of around 2,000 educational institutions of Delhi asking them to run a ‘Say no to Crackers’ drive.
Keeping up the ‘go green‘ initiative and to reduce noise and air pollution in the city during Diwali, educational institutions including government and private schools and Delhi University colleges have been requested by Delhi Deputy Chief Minister.
Diwali holidays for all the schools and colleges located in Delhi region are expected to kick-start from Tuesday and for many college going students today i.e. November 6 was the last day before Diwali vacations. The institutions have accordingly been asked to organize awareness programmes like street plays, foot march, seminars and workshops by encouraging maximum participation of students.
Sisodia said, “I am sure that your active support and cooperation in making the anti-fire crackers campaign successful will go a long way in reducing pollution levels in the city on Diwali.”
This is not so every year all the private schools in the Capital encourages children to not burst crackers, with some of them organizing e-Diwali events depicting fireworks on a screen.
The letter said: “In order to discourage use of firecrackers on Diwali for controlling air and noise pollution, the Delhi government is conducting a campaign along with support of all stakeholders and Eco Clubs. Your institutions can play a pivotal role in promoting the campaign.”
Even the Rotaract Club of Bombay Juhu Beach (RCBJB) has filed an online petition ‘Say No To Crackers’ to celebrate Diwali in an eco-friendly way. Till date the petition has received over 172 signatures from citizens who have pledged to celebrate a firecracker-free festival this year.