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Invoking National Pride, having environmental concern in mind and taking serious note of misuse of National Flag in events, UGC has asked all the Institutions to adhere strict compliance with norms to use the National Tricolour, as mandated in ‘Flag Code of India, 2002’ and ‘The Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act, 1971.

UGC has informed the Institutions that the National Flag is the symbol of our national pride and represents hopes and aspirations of the people of the country and hence should occupy a position of honor. UGC has therefore instructed the Institutions to ensure that to ensure that on important national, cultural and sports events, paper flags are used by all and are not discarded or thrown on the ground after the event.

The Institutions have also been directed to give wide publicity to discourage National Flags made of plastic, which are used in important events in place of paper flag, as these plastic flags being non biodegradable do not get decomposed easily and their disposal with dignity of the flag is a big problem.

According to the law, whoever in any public place bums, mutilates, defaces, defiles, disfigures, destroys, tramples upon or otherwise shows disrespect to or brings into contempt the Indian National Flag or any part of it, shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to three years or with fine or with both.

Accordingly, UGC has requested the Institutions to put in place an effective mechanism to create awareness for strict adherence of the provisions contained in the Act and Flag Code.

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