SHILLONG, Oct 28 - In line with popular sentiments against Chinese goods in the country, the Central Puja Committee (CPC), Meghalaya has appealed to the general public to �use Indian firecrackers, decorative lights� as far as possible during Kali puja and Diwali celebrations.
Although CPC didn�t specifically call for ban of any Chinese products, but the emphasis on Indian items said it all. �Please use Indian made crackers, decorative lights, etc., to the maximum possible extent,� CPC said in its appeal.
Every year, apart from Indian products, Chinese decorative lights and crackers flood the shops during Kali puja and Diwali celebrations. In the shops, there were still a substantial number of Chinese products, but the number seemed to have dropped from previous years.
This year, firecrackers of several Indian companies were seen in the market. Apart from products from Sivakasi, shopkeepers said local products from Assam are also being sold here this year.
The CPC has also issued some guidelines to the public during the celebrations. It urged the revellers to avoid using high decibel crackers and take precautionary measures while lighting crackers and fireworks.
CPC added that after bursting of crackers, streets, lanes, vacant spaces should not remain littered with papers and remains of fireworks.