New Delhi, Aug 13: Ahead of the Independence Day, the Centre has urged tall citizens not to use national flag made up of plastic and asked states and Union Territories to ensure strict compliance of the flag code.

The Ministry of Home Affairs issued an advisory to the Chief Secretaries/Administrators of all state governments and UT administrations, secretaries of all ministries and other government departments to ensure strict compliance of the provisions contained in the ‘Flag Code of India, 2002’ and ‘The Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act, 1971’.

The government, in its advisory, said that the national flag represents “hopes and aspirations of the people of our country and hence should occupy a position of honour”.

“Since, plastic flags are not easily biodegradable like paper flags, these do not get decomposed for a long time and ensuring appropriate disposal of National Flags made of plastic commensurate with dignity of the flag, is a practical problem,” read the MHA advisory.

It further asked people to ensure use of flags made of paper only as per the provisions of the ‘Flag Code of India, 2002’, and that those flags are not discarded or thrown on the ground after the event.