The government has issued instructions to use only flags made of paper on important national, cultural and sports events in accordance with the provisions of the Flag Code of India, 2002.

Any deviation of the rules and disrespect to honour of the National flag will be viewed seriously and punishable under Flag Code of India, 2002 and Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act, 1971.

The I&PR Department in a release said that such paper flags should not be discarded or thrown on the ground after the event. The National Flag should not be used as a festoon, rosette or bunting or in any other manner for decoration.

No to plastic flags

The flag made of paper may be waved by public on occasions of important national, cultural and sports events. Such paper flags should be disposed of in private, consistent with the dignity of the flag.

“The plastic flags are not biodegradable such as the paper flags and these do not get destroyed for a long time and this affects the dignity of the flag,” the release added.