The Bihar Post

Battling fire breakouts, Indian state orders villagers not to cook food during day


PATNA: Authorities in Bihar have asked the people living in the rural areas not to cook food during the day failing which they could be sent to jail. The move is aimed at checking the rising incidents of fire breakouts across the state this summer.

The authorities said the offenders could face a maximum of two-year jail term if any violation of orders on their part leads to fire breakouts, causing damage to life and property under the new advisory issued to the people today. The advisory has been issued through advertisements in local newspapers.

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Under the advisory issued by the Disaster Management Department, the villagers have been asked to cook lunch before 9 in the morning and dinner after 6 in the evening. They have been also asked to completely extinguish the fire after cooking the food.

The villagers have also been advised to finish their “havans” (worship rituals) strictly before 9 AM and not to burn wheat stems in the fields in any case.

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“It is imperative that the directives are followed strictly to prevent loss of life and property,” disaster management department secretary Vyasji told the media today.

The DMD secretary has asked all the district magistrates and divisional commissioners to widely publicise the advisory and take strict legal action against the violators.

The move follows alarming rise in incidents of fire outbreaks across the state this summer when soaring mercury has broken all previous records.

As per an official record, the fire has claimed 73 lives so far, apart from reducing to ashes around 16,000 homes and standing crops in 11,575 acres of lands.

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