The Ministry of Home
Affairs has issued an Advisory to the Chief Secretaries/Administrators
of all State Governments/UT Administrations, Secretaries of all
Ministries / Departments of Government of India, reiterating to ensure
strict compliance of the provisions contained in the 'Flag Code of
India. 2002' and 'The Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act,
1971'. The Advisory directs that mass awareness programmes be carried
out in this regard and also give wide publicity through advertisements
in the electronic and print media.
The Advisory states that the National Flag represents hopes and
aspirations of the people of our country and hence should occupy a
position of honour. There is universal affection and respect for, and
loyalty to, the National Flag. Yet, a perceptible lack of awareness is
often noticed amongst the people as well as organizations/agencies of
the Government, in regard to laws, practices and conventions that apply
to 'display of the National Flag’.
Further, it has been brought to notice of the MHA that on important
events, the National Flags made of plastic are also being used in place
of paper Flags. Since, the plastic flags are not biodegradable like
paper flag, these do not get decomposed for a long time and ensuring
appropriate disposal of National Flags made of plastic commensurate with
dignity of the flag, is a practical problem. It may also be noted that
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.
The Advisory states that on important national, cultural and sports
events, Flags made of paper only are used by public in terms of the
provisions of the 'Flag Code of India, 2002' and such paper Flags are
not discarded or thrown on the ground after the event. Such Flags are to
be disposed of, in private, consistent with the dignity of the Flag.
Wide publicity, for not using the National Flag made of plastic, should
be made along with its advertisement in the electronic and print media.
A copy each of 'The Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act, 1971'
and 'Flag Code of India, 2002' which governs display of National Flag,
are available on the links below for strict compliance of the provisions
contained in the Act and the Flag Code (copy also available on this
Ministry's website www.mha.nic.in).
'Flag Code of India, 2002': http://mha.nic.in/sites/upload_files/mha/files/flagcodeofindia_070214.pdf
'The Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act, 1971':