Shimla : The Himachal Pradesh government today urged the people of the hill state here to stop using plastic national flags instead of the eco friendly paper flags.
A spokesman said in a statement that it has been noticed that on the occasion of important national, cultural and sports events, the national flag made of plastic are being used in place of paper.
The appeal has been made to the public to avoid use of plastic flags and to use paper flags in terms of the provisions of the ‘Flag Code of India, 2002’ and that such paper flags are not discarded or thrown on the ground after the event.
Such flags are to be disposed off, in private, consistent with the dignity of the flag the spokesman said.
He said plastic flags are not biodegradable like paper flags so they do not get decomposed for a long time and do not ensure appropriate disposal.
The official said the Indian national flag represents the 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 flag. He said that a perceptible lack of awareness is often noticed amongst people as well as organisations and agencies of the government, regarding laws, practices and conventions that apply to display of the Indian flag.
He urged the people to strictly comply with the provisions in the ‘flag code of India, 2002’ and ‘ The Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act, 1971’ to maintain the dignity and respect of the national flag.