THE UT Administration on Thursday decided to issue licences to all 360 cracker sellers who had applied at DC office. Sources said that local political leaders told the officers that when they were having their way of allowing sale of crackers at designated sites only, they should allow everybody, including new applicants, as the stock had already been purchased. As many as 80 were new people while 280 were old cracker sellers. As the UT Administration was firm to regulate the cracker sellers, the latter had requested that they had purchased stock worth thousands of rupees and they wouldn’t get permit at any other place at this point of time. The cracker sellers had been meeting political leaders regarding their demands. “But these people would be allowed to sell at designated places and not outside shops,” a senior officer said.
However, Chirag Aggarwal, general secretary of the Cracker Sellers Association, said, “What is the use of such permits when we aren’t being allowed to sell in front of our shops? Small traders will shut down their shops to go to these places to sell crackers.”
Meanwhile, the UT Deputy Commissioner constituted three teams, each comprising seven officials, who would check violations, if committed by the cracker sellers.