The government of India has urged everyone to not use national flags made of plastic. Ahead of Republic day, the Home Ministry has also asked the states and Union territories to ensure strict compliance with the flag code.
Advising states and Union territories, the Union Ministry of Home Affairs said that the national flag represents the hopes and aspirations of the people of India, and hence should occupy a position of honour.
As per Section 2 of the ‘Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act, 1971′, whoever within public view burns, mutilates, defaces, defiles, disfigures, destroys, tramples upon or otherwise shows disrespect or contempt to the Indian national flag or any part of it, shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend up to three years, or with fine, or with both.
The ministry has also asked to ensure proper disposal criteria as plastic flags are not biodegradable like paper flags, these do not get decomposed for a long time.