The team will submit a report on adopting safety measures in the units
: A team of Central government scientists will visit Sivakasi soon and inspect firecracker and matches manufacturing units, according to V. Narayanasamy, Minister of State for Prime Minister’s Office.
The team would submit a report suggesting ways to modernise the units and improve safety standards. This initiative followed a request made by Virudhunagar MP Manicka Tagore.
The Union Minister was here on Sunday to distribute Central government’s assistance to the tune of Rs. 1.06 crore to the victims of the recent accident at a firecracker unit in Mudalipatti, which claimed 39 lives and wounded 56 persons.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, he said, had sanctioned Rs. 2 lakh for the families of those deceased and Rs.50,000 for the injured.
Despite several efforts to improve safety in these units, fire accidents continued to occur. Both the Central and State governments were working towards ensuring the safety of those working in these units and those residing in vicinity. Sivakasi was a home to around 765 firecracker and 447 matchbox manufacturing units.
Mr. Narayanasamy said many families had lost their breadwinners and children in the accident. The Centre would extend all possible assistance to the families such as providing employment in Railways. He also urged the owners of all firecracker and matchbox manufacturing units to comply with safety regulations.
Dindigul MP NSV Chithan and Tirunelveli MP S.S. Ramasubbu were also present along with District Collector T.N. Hariharan.
Officials said surprise inspections carried out in fireworks factories in Virudhunagar till Saturday unearthed violations in 134 units. While licences of eight units had been suspended so far, show-cause notices issued to another nine units.