Panaji: It is observed that on the National Days and other important days, a lot of National Flags made either plastic or other materials are sold to people in large number who buy such flags out of patriotism for the nation. It is brought to the notice of the public that the sale of plastic flags is prohibited. Public should refrain from purchase of plastic flags.
It is seen that many times these National flags are thrown on the road or in the dustbins and other places after the functions are over, mostly unintentionally. This is an offence under Emblems and Names (prevention of Improper Use) Act, 1950 and the Prevention of Insults to National honour Act 1971 and the offender is liable for punishment under these Acts.
This is to appeal to members of general public that they should refraim from any action that would cause disrespect to the national Flag including throwing of National Flags on the ground, dustbins and other public places. The organizers of all public functions on the occasion of Independence Day 2019 should also ensure strict compliance of the requirements, as per the Flag cede of India, 2002 issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs, New Delhi.
Further, any person found making or selling plastic flags would be dealt within accordance with law.