Panaji, August 8, 2014 … The District Magistrate North has brought to the notice of the public that  the sale  of plastic flags is prohibited.

Public  should  refrain from purchase of plastic  flags and in case, they found any person selling plastic flags, they should inform the police. Public may however buy the paper flags.  Many times, it is seen that 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 refrain from any action  that would cause disrespect to the National Flag including throwing of National Flags on the ground, dustbins and other public places. Paper flags should be disposed of in private consistent with the dignity of the flag.

The organizers of all public functions on  the occasion of Independence Day should also ensure  strict compliance of the requirements, as per the Flag Code of India, 2002 issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs, New Delhi.

          Any person  found making or selling plastic flags would be arrested and punished in accordance  with law.


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