When the entire India gets busy in celebrations, at the onset of the month of October, this town gets itself burnt, to make the rest, light up in joy. Yes, I am talking about the biggest firework manufacturing place of India, Sivakasi. Located in the Virudhunagar district of Tamil Nadu, Sivakasi firework industry is the largest, when it comes to providing the crackers.
Thanks to the Sivakasi workers, the whole nation has seen around 90 years of celebrations with fireworks, which the town manufactures.
Due to its mass production of the crackers, the town generates an average turnover of around Rs.5,000 crore, annually-80% of india’s fireworks are manufactured here.
The whole town is basically dependent on the firework manufacturing for its livelihood, whether its men, women or even small children!
But after the implementation of the GST from 1st July, 2017 and reinstated ban on crackers in Delhi-NCR by the Supreme Court, the workers of the town have been hugely affected, causing a threat to their livelihoods.
With over 900 fire factories located in the town, majority of the population here, is inevitably dependent on manufacturing fire crackers. But apart from this, there is another danger looming over the people of Sivakasi, and especially the children who are hurting themselves, either knowingly or unknowingly.
They are forced to help out their parents and work alongside them, for running their homes. And this has caused them a great health issue-the smoke and air pollution.
They work in hazardous working conditions and also no protective aids are being given to them for any injury or danger! The industry owners are just concerned over the manufacturing of crackers-rest is not important for them. How the workers are working, is none of their business-they just need more units and more profit.