Bihar's bizarre rule for summer; No cooking till 6 pm or face jail
Patna, April 28: Bihar administration has come up with a unique, but bizarre solution for the scorching summer and the burning huts. Bihar has recorded a total incident of 66 deaths due to fire. 1200 animals were also killed in the past 2 weeks. Hence, the state government has come up with a bizarre solution- no cooking till 6 pm.
It has been instructed to villagers that there should not be any cooking between 9 am and 6 pm during the summers and those who violate the rule will be jailed for 2 years.
Religious funnctions have also been banned. According to the Nitish Kumar government, heavy winds are picking up sparks from cooking fire and igniting straw huts. The latest incident took place in the Begusarai district two days ago where over 300 huts were gutted.
Vyasji, the Bihar government official in charge of handling disasters said, "The point is that hundreds of lives are at risk. The order has only been given after a detailed survey on just how the fires started. The jail term is based on a law on disaster management."
A villager who had lost his house in this flame said, "It sounds fine but I wonder how many people will follow it. There are practical difficulties. But yes... I did lose my home in a fire and it started from someone's cooking."
Policemen, however, say that enforcing such an order is difficult, but law and order situation may force villagers to follow the same. Till now, 100 deaths have been recorded in Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Odisha put together.