The Central government has raised concerns over use of plastic flags during national, cultural and sports events which had caused 'practical problems' with their dignified disposal in the environment.
The Union Home Ministry states that the plastic flags are not biodegradable unlike paper flags.
These plastic tricolour do not get decomposed easily and ensuring appropriate disposal of national flags made of plastic commensurate with dignity of the flag as well as a practical problem.
The centre requests public to ensure that on the occasions of important national, cultural and sports events, flags made of paper in terms of the provisions of the ‘Flag Code of India, 2002’.
The ministry further added that such paper flags are not discarded or thrown on the ground after the event and also instructed that such flags are to be disposed of in private and consistent with the dignity of the Indian tricolour.
The union ministry asks state governments across the nation to advertise in the electronic and print media against use of national flags made of plastic.
The central government has also attached copies of 'The Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act, 1971' and the 'Flag Code of India, 2002', which governs the display of national flag along with its letter.