In front of the Republic Day, the government urged all to not use national flags made of plastic. The Home Ministry has issued a suggested alongside the use of plastic flags as they are not biodegradable and ensuring their proper disposal with dignity is a practical problem. Moreover, it asked the states and Union territories to make sure firm fulfillment of the flag code.
In an advisory to the states and Union territories, the Union Ministry of Home Affairs alleged that the national flag represents the hopes and aspirations of the people of India, and hence should occupy a position of honour. Adding that paper flags should not be discarded or terrified on the ground after events, the advisory said they should be disposed of in private, reliable with the flag’s pride.
According to Section 2 of the ‘Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act, 1971′, whoever contained by public view burns, mutilates, defaces, defiles, disfigures, destroys, tramples upon or else shows disregard or contempt to the Indian national flag or any part of it, shall be punished with custody for a term which may extend up to three years, or with fine, or with both.