No plastic flags, Bombay HC tells Centre

The Bombay High Court on Monday directed the Union government to strictly implement the ban on manufacture of plastic national flags. The Ministry of Home Affairs has been directed to take stringent measures against the use, distribution and sale of such plastic flags.

The court was hearing a Public Interest Litigation petition seeking a ban on plastic flags and a mechanism for the disposal of flags.

“At present, there is no mechanism to dispose the plastic or paper flags found in scores after the Independence Day or Republic Day celebrations,” advocate Anand Patil, appearing on behalf of the petitioner NGO, argued.

The court thereafter directed the Maharashtra government to make proper arrangements for the disposal of such flags. The Collectorates or Tehsildar offices will be the nodal agencies for the disposal of the national flags.

The court also directed the State government to allow NGOs and other organisations to collect the flags and hand them over to these offices.


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