Silchar, Dec. 7: The Christmas spirit has descended on the hills of the Northeast. But there will be no fireworks in Mizoram this Christmas or New Year.
The state government has, for the first time, banned firecrackers in the state during the Yuletide celebrations.
The decision was taken at a high-level meeting convened by Mizoram home minister R. Lalzirliana at the secretariat in Aizawl this week.
A senior home department official said Lalzirliana had emphasised in the meeting that the government would not encourage any raucous celebrations during Christmas in “an un-Christian atmosphere spawned by the random bursting of loud firecrackers”.
The pastor of Presbyterian Synod, Rev. Zosangliana, said bursting of firecrackers during both the Christmas and New Year’s celebrations in Mizoram had of late become an “unwelcome trend” in some sections of the urban population in the state. He has welcomed such prohibition.
Lalzirliana had asked the deputy commissioners of all the eight districts in Mizoram to issue an immediate ban on the “procurement as well as sale and use of firecrackers” in their respective areas.
He had asked the deputy commissioners to use the services of the Young Mizo Association (YMA), the largest NGO in the state, to check the areas for firecrackers in the run-up to the festivities.
The home department official said the deputy commissioner of Kolosib district, Niharika Rai, had already taken the initiative in collaboration with police, excise staff and YMA cadres to implement the ban on the firecrackers.