In an endeavour to spread mass awareness among the students and parents to celebrate an eco-friendly Diwali, the Delhi Directorate of Education (DoE) has released a circular on Friday, asking schools to adopt an eco-friendly Diwali, urging the students to decide on a greener Diwali.
The message was to be conveyed among the students during the parent teacher meetings (PTMs) to be held on Saturday.
According to the circular, “Festive season of Diwali, Chhat Puja, Guru Parv, etc., is marked by the heavy use of firecrackers which release toxic pollutants like sulphur dioxide, carbon monoxide and many others, which pollute the air and cause serious ailments like asthma, bronchitis, hypertension and cardiovascular problems. The air and noise pollution caused by the firecrackers also affect the lives of animals, birds and other living beings on the earth.”
“Therefore, all the heads of government, government-aided and unaided recognised schools under the Directorate of Education are hereby directed to sensitise the students about the ill effects of burning of firecrackers and also encourage them to celebrate the festivals like Diwali, Chhat Puja, Guru Parv, etc., by the lighting of candles, electric fancy lights, earthen lamps and keeping the environment neat and clean”, the circular mentioned.
With an aim to encourage the students to indulge in an eco-friendly Diwali, the circular said, “Eco-club of the school must play a vital role in spreading mass awareness among the students, parents and School Management Committee members to keep Delhi pollution-free during the festive seasons.”
As per the Delhi Government, Delhi has been confronting disintegrating air quality from the previous couple of days and the circumstance is relied upon to deteriorate with Diwali, as per the Delhi government.
A year ago, the Supreme Court had prohibited the firecrackers and permitted allowed the manufacture and sale of only green crackers in New Delhi.