The Flag code of India is a set of laws about the use, display, and hoisting of the Indian National Flag in the country. The Flag code of India was brought into the effect on 26th January 2002. The new rules will allow a member of the public, and a private organization or an educational institution to hoist the flag on all days and occasions, ceremonial or other events. Here are some details about the Indian National flag code that need changes.
What does the Indian National Flag Code say?
It states that public members, private organization, or educational institute is allowed to hoist the national flag on all days and occasions, ceremonial or likewise, consistent with the dignity and honor of the flag. We know that our Flag has three colors also called tricolor, has three 3 codes, and has been divided into three parts. The first part of the code has a general description of the national flag. The second part talks about the display of the flag by members of the public, private organizations, educational institutes, and other institutions and the third part is about the display of the national flag by the central government and state governments, and their organizations or agencies.
Before the code was introduced in the year 2002, the display of the national flag was governed by provisions of The Emblems and Names (prevent improper use) Act, 1950, and the Prevent of Insults to National Honor Act, 1971.
We previously have read about the launch of Har Ghar Tiranga, meanwhile, the Indian National Flag Tricolor to be displayed open, and on houses and buildings day and night. As per Clause 2.1 of the Flag Code of India, there will be no restriction on the display of the national flag by members of the general public, private organizations, educational institutions, etc. keeping the dignity and honor of the national flag in mind.
The code also says that those who are found insulting the national flag will be resulting in a prison of three years and a fine for a first offense.
The timing of flying the National Flag Code of India, allows the national flag to be flown both during the day and at night if it is displayed in the open or in the house of the general public. Previously, the tricolor could be hoisted only between sunrise and sunset.
The things that should be kept in mind while hoisting the national flag at home,
- Whenever the National Flag you are displaying, it should occupy the position of honor and should be well placed.
- A damaged or tangled National Flag should not be displayed anyhow.
- No other flag or banner should be placed higher than the National Flag or above.
Additionally, the National Flag should not be used as a part of a costume or uniform, or an accessory of any description that is worn below the waist of any person nor shall it be embroidered or printed on cushions, undergarments, handkerchiefs, napkins, or any dress material.
To be noted, if in case the National Flag is damaged then it should be destroyed as a whole in private, preferably by burning or any other method considering the dignity of the National Flag in mind. The National Flag if it is made of paper, is waved by the general public, these small national flags should not be discarded on the ground. These should be discarded in private. But the insulting of the National Flag could not be bearable and resulting up to prison of three years.
The National Flag shall be made up of hand-spun and hand-woven or machine-made, cotton/silk/khadi/ polyester/woo1 bunting.