Centre amends Flag Code of India 2002 to allow people to display tricolour 24X7
- The Centre has made changes in the Flag Code of India 2002 allowing the tricolour to be flown by the public both day and night.
- This is in line with the “Har Ghar Tiranga” campaign launched by the government from August 13 to 15 as part of the ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’ to commemorate 75 years of a progressive independent India.
- Under the ‘Har Ghar Tiranga’ campaign, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union home minister Amit Shah have appealed to every citizens to hoist the tricolour at their homes from August 13 to 15.
- It must be noted that the display, hoisting and use of the Indian national flag is governed by the Flag Code of India, 2002 and the Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act, 1971.
Amendments made in Flag Code of India, 2002
- First amendment permits tricolour to be flown day and night. Earlier, the tricolour was allowed to be flown from sunrise to sunset, irrespective of weather conditions.
- The Flag Code of India, 2002 has been amended through an order on July, 20, 2022 and clause (xi) of paragraph 2.2 of Part-II of the Flag Code of India, 2002 shall now be read as under: – (xi) “where the Flag is displayed in open or displayed on the house of a member of public, it may be flown day and night”.
- Similarly, in December 2021, the government had amended the provision for material used to make the Indian flag. Now machine made and polyester material can also be used for making flag. Earlier machine made and polyester flags were not allowed to be used.
- The amendment in December 2021 said, “The National Flag shall be made of handspun and hand woven or machine made, cotton/ polyester/ wool/ silk khadi bunting.”
Source: Business Standard