Blanket ban on temple fireworks not practical: Kerala

PTI4_12_2016_000411B People check out the damaged structures after a massive fire broke out Sunday during a fireworks display at the Puttingal temple complex in Paravoor | PTI

Kerala government will set up a special fund for the long-term needs of of the Kollam temple fire victims. The decision was taken at an all-party meeting held in Thiruvananthapuram to discuss the tragedy at the Puttingal Devi temple in Paravur which left at least 114 dead and 350 injured.

Major proposals in the meeting

• A separate fund to support the long term needs of those who suffered injuries in the tragedy

• Bringing a blanket ban on events associated with religious institutions is not a practical one

• Enforcing of the law should be taken up with utmost seriousness and rules will not be given the go-by

• Celebration of the upcoming Thrissur Pooram—considered to be the mother of all festivals in the state should be given sanction but with adequate checks and balances

• The central government should declare Kollam tragedy as a national disaster

Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said the next cabinet meeting on Wednesday will take up the report of the three-member committee of ministers who visited the temple site and its surrounding areas

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