外文标题：Jayalalithaa flays Centre over smuggling of Chinese fireworks
CHENNAI: Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa has charged the Central government with not acting against the smuggling of unsafe Chinese fireworks and also for violating the model code of conduct by steeply hiking various licence fees.
In a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday, the text of which was released to the media on Saturday, Jayalalithaa said: "The (fireworks) industry is gravely affected due to the lack of effective action by the Government of India to prevent the smuggling of Chinese made fireworks into India, which are more unsafe due to use of a cheaper raw material, chlorate, which is banned in India."
She said the imports not only affect the domestic employment, but it also raises serious safety issues and environmental hazards.
Jayalalithaa also charged the Central government with not "acting sufficiently strongly against smuggling of unsafe and cheap explosives from China".
She said the Centre was acting against the interests of domestic manufacturers of fireworks who are mostly in Tamil Nadu, in particular in the drought prone southern districts of the state.
She voiced her opposition to the steep hike in the licence fee for storage of explosives from Rs 15,000 per year to Rs 400,000 per year for storage of 200,000 kg of fireworks.
Center will face the consequences of this in the elections.
North Indians do not respect Tamil People and of course they do not pay attention to Jayallitha.
So the fireworks made in India are safe .... Jayalalithaa, please sharpen up and stop pretending your knowledge of chlorates...
very true. these are illegal smuggling for which the govt is sitting a mute spectator at the borders. these are usually being smuggled in across the nepal border. not only is this killing our indian indudtry , it is a dangerous health hazard. the bronchial disease rate during Diwali season has gone up a lot in recent years, ever since this nuisance has started. are the people in power gaining out of this?
maalolan (Planet Earth)
Jaya is wrong they smuggle in very less but smuggle out to tax heavens and Italy is huge.
No national interest Some vested interest is all for money only. Why the Center is mute spectator?
local manufacturers will be affected very much
Now she is in the fear of defeat....
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Another dictator in the making who does what she wants. Vote her out and bring AAP to power in TN
JAGDIP H VAISHNAV (MUMBAI)
Chief Minister of Tamilnadu is absolutely right , fair & her demand is legitimate. Chinese firearms has greatly affected local manufacturer of firearms. Tamilnad is much affected since as said, 80% of fire arms are being manufactured at Tamilnad , To raise the licence fee, renewal fee is most undesirable. Union Govt neglects the interest of local manufactureres
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