Hin­dus happy with Act­ing PM’s de­ci­sion on fire­works

CEL­E­BRA­TIONS Di­wali night is on Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 30.

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Hindu faith-based or­gan­i­sa­tions are happy with the Act­ing Prime Min­is­ter and At­tor­ney-Gen­eral Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum’s de­ci­sion to lift the re­stric­tions on the use fire­crack­ers on Di­wali night. Di­wali night is on Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 30. Fiji Sevashram Sangha’s sec­re­tary, Akhilesh Prasad, said: “We are very happy by this de­ci­sion made by the Act­ing Prime Min­is­ter Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum. “We are so thank­ful to him. Di­wali is one of the main fes­ti­vals for the Hin­dus and fire­crack­ers are part of Di­wali cel­e­bra­tions.” Shree Sanatan Dharm Bra­ham Sabha Fiji, cen­tral pres­i­dent pun­dit Bi­nesh Sharma said: “We are very happy with this de­ci­sion by the Act­ing Prime Min­is­ter Aiyaz SayedKhaiyum.”

“Fire­crack­ers are part of Di­wali cel­e­bra­tions. “Hin­dus play with fire­crack­ers to wel­come our Lord Rama who re­turned to his king­dom Ay­o­d­hya after 14 years of ex­ile after killing demon Ra­van who cap­tured his wife Sita,” he said.Pun­dit Sharma said at the same time peo­ple should be very cau­tious while play­ing with fire­crack­ers.

Arya Pra­tinidhi Sabha of Fiji, pres­i­dent, Arun Padarath, said: “This is a great ini­tia­tive by the Fi­jian Govern­ment and we are thank­ful to them.” An ear­lier Govern­ment de­ci­sion to limit the use of fire­works on the day of the Di­wali Fes­ti­val - Sun­day 30 Oc­to­ber - has been re­versed after rep­re­sen­ta­tions to Mr Sayed-Khaiyum. Fire­crack­ers can now be used be­tween 5pm and mid­night on both Di­wali Day it­self (Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 30) and on the Di­wali Day pub­lic hol­i­day on Monday (Oc­to­ber 31). On any other days in the lead-up to Di­wali and beyond, fire­works may only be used be­tween 5pm to 10pm. Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said the orig­i­nal de­ci­sion by the Min­istry of Lands and Mineral Re­sources that the use of fire­crack­ers un­til mid­night be con­fined to the hol­i­day Monday was un­nec­es­sar­ily re­stric­tive and against the spirit of the law. Edited by Maraia Vula

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