New Delhi: The Centre has urged the citizens to refrain from using national flags
made up of plastic. It has also asked the states and the union territories to take strict notice whether it is being followed or not.
The Home Ministry said that the national flag represents hopes and aspirations of the people of India and hence should occupy a position of honour.
It is often seen that during important events, the plastic-made national flags are used. Plastics do not get decomposed for a long time as they are not bio-degradable. The appropriate disposal of plastic-made national flag harms the dignity of the flag.
As per 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.