Centre asks citizens not to use plastic national flags on Independence Day

Prime News, National (New Delhi), August 14:- Two days ahead of Independence Day, the Centre has urged all citizens not to use national flags made of plastic and asked the states and the union territories to ensure strict compliance of the flag code.

In an advisory to states and union territories, the Home Ministry said the national flag represents hopes and aspirations of the people of India and hence should occupy a position of honour.
The ministry said it has been brought to its notice that during important events, the national flag made of plastic is used in place of paper flags.

Since plastic flags are not biodegradable like paper flags, they do not get decomposed for a long time and ensuring appropriate disposal of the national flag made of plastic commensurate with the dignity of the flag, is a practical problem, the advisory said.

The advisory is issued every year ahead of Independence Day and Republic Day. The ministry had also issued the advisory on August 8.

According to Section 2 of ‘The Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act, 1971’ – Whoever in any public place or in any other place within public view burns, mutilates, defaces, defiles, disfigures, destroys, tramples upon or otherwise shows disrespect to or brings into contempt (whether by words, either spoken or written, or by acts) the Indian National Flag or any part thereof, shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to three years, or with fine, or with both. (MR, Inputs: Agencies).

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