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Orissa HC bans use of plastic, polythene tricolour

CUTTACK (Odisha): The Orissa HC has asked the state government to take appropriate steps to ban selling and distribution of the national flag made of any material other than the one prescribed in the flag code of India-2002. 

The flag code mandates that the national flag of India shall be made of hand spun and hand woven wool or cotton or 
silk or khadi bunting. 

While the HC order delivered yesterday came on the eve of the 67th 
Independence Daycelebrations, the bench of Chief Justice C Nagappan and Justice Indrajit Mohanti wanted an assurance from the government if it could ensure a complete ban on the use of plastic and polythene tricolours by Thursday, the day of this year's celebrations. 

The order followed a petition filed by a HC advocate Shivsankar Mohanty which sought HC intervention on the ban on the sale and distribution of plastic and polythene National Flags and impose penalty on those who manufacture such items in contravention of the flag code. 

Hearing the petition, the HC ordered that the state government must implement the Flag Code-2002 and take steps to prevent sell and distribution of national flag made out of any other material such as plastic and polythene. 

The flag code made it clear that the tricolour made of paper might be waved by people on occasions of important national, cultural and 
sports events, but should not be discarded or thrown on the ground after the event. 

On Independence Day or Republic Day celebrations, vendors selling national flags made of plastic and polythene make brisk business as school students make a beeline to buy them. 

And after the celebrations, one can see the parade grounds, roads and even drains and sewerages choked with the flags.
 
The Times of India (15-08-2013)