The Flag Code of India, 2002

The Flag Code of India, 2002 containing the provisions of the Prevention of Insults to National Honor Act, 1971 governing the guidelines for display of the national flag of India clearly mentions that whoever in any public place shows disrespect to or brings into contempt the national flag shall be punished according to the law. Furthermore, the expression ‘‘Indian national flag’’ includes any picture, painting, drawing or photograph or other visible representation of the Indian national flag, or of any part or parts thereof, made of any substance or represented on any substance. After reading the above article still if any one wish to buy tricolor means please follow the below guidelines:-
1. When the Flag is in a damaged or soiled condition, it shall be destroyed as a whole in private, preferably by respectful burning or by any other method consistent with the dignity of the Flag. – Flag Code of India 2002, Section II, Point 2.2 (xiii)
2. The flag must never touch the ground or water, or be used as a drapery in any form.
3. The flag should always be flown between sunrise and sunset, irrespective of the weather conditions.
4. One “reads” a flag like the pages of a book, from top to bottom and from left to right.
5. Whenever the flag is displayed indoors in halls at public meetings or gatherings of any kind, it should always be on the right (observers’ left), as this is the position of authority.
6. The Indian flag cannot be flown at half-mast.
7. Whenever the National Flag is displayed, it should occupy the position of honour and should be distinctly placed.
8. As per the guidelines of Prevention of Insults to National Honour (Amendment) Act, 2003, the Indian Flag shall be made up of hand-woven wool, cotton or khadi silk buntings. The flag shall not be used as a portion of a costume or uniform of any description.
9. Remove National flag from top of houses and institutions after 4pm.
10. The national flag must never touch the ground. If the national flag ever does touch the ground the flag must be picked up immediately and the flag must be washed and dried immediately if it is found to be dirty.
11. Do not use National flag on vehicles after the day.
12. Do not use National flag in advertisements.
13. When the national flag is being raised, everyone must remain standing to show the respect for the flag. Any damages purposely caused to the flag, the throwing of the flag, the flag being stamped by the feet are all unimaginable disgraces to the flag and the country.
14. If ever the colours of the national flag diminish, or the flag is damaged, or the flag is a state where it cannot be flown, the flag must be properly burned and disposed. It must never be used as an old cloth or thrown in the garbage bin. These actions are direct disrespect to our motherland. Collect spoil flags and respectfully dispose them by burning of or burial. Form a group in order to educate people on this issue and prevent disrespect of flag.

If anybody violates these rules, it is punishable under provisions of law. All these restrictions were imposed to protect the national honor and it is the duty of all citizens to obey them. Please give due respect to our national flag after  using it.

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