Two days before the Independence day celebration, MHA has asked citizen to say NO to plastic this year. Moreover the authority has asked states and union territories to take strict action. The Home Ministry said the national flag represents hopes and aspirations of the people and thus should occupy a position of honour.
Adding ministry said that it has been brought to its notice that during important events, the national flag made of plastic is used in place of paper flags.
They do not decompose for a long time. And being non-degradable it important for everyone to ensure non-disposal which is a problem itself. Every year the advisory issuses this 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.
They also mentioned the use of flags should only be of paper. So to avoid this one should use paper flag first of all and after the event. The flags should be disposed in private with due respect.
State authorities, government , UT administrations and all the authorities are asked to be active. All these bodies have been asked to work and act firmly on ‘Flag Code of India, 2002’ and ‘The Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act, 1971.
Everyone respects Indian Flag but due to lack of awareness these flags are sold and then disrespected.
We shall all Pledge to remove this.