Diwali this year has brought a ray of hope for workers of Barpeta district’s historical firework industry in Assam, which is standing on the verge of extinction, after a public boycott of ‘Made in China’ products, said the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM).
The 130-year-old industry in Barpeta producing fireworks which are less polluting in nature was not getting proper attention from the buyers due to lack of publicity, said a BJYM press release. The call for boycott of Chinese products made the public search for alternate source of fireworks and this local industry got its long due attention, the release said.
‘According to various sources, there is almost 40 per cent fall in demand for Chinese products in the retail stores and there is a significant growth in the demand for local products.’
‘This is a very good sign for Indian economy. We must give preference to local products as much as possible,’ it said. Appealing to everyone to boycott Chinese products, the members of BJYM, Assam Pradesh have distributed free clay lamps to the people as a token of gift on the auspicious occasion of Diwali, it added.