Ahead Of Republic Day, Home Ministry Says, Don't Use Plastic Flags Of India

| January 10 , 2018 , 10:01 IST

Occasions such as Republic Day give rise to increased patriotism among the public, and many fall prey to buying national flags made of plastic, that the government advises against.

Ahead of Republic Day 2018, the Home Ministry has directed all states and union territories to ensure strict compliance of the flag code and not allow the sale or use of plastic national flags at the risk of facing prosecution.

The Home Ministry advisory was given considering that national flags made out of plastic cannot be disposed of easily and as a result ran the chances of being disrespected in attempts of disposal.

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"At most of the crossings people sell flags made of plastic, even school children mostly are given flags made of plastic and these flags can't be disposed easily so often are seen lying on road," a senior official at the ministry said.

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

Instead, national flags made of paper should be used and disposed of privately in methods consistent with the dignity of the flag.

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.