This Independence Day, the Government Gives us Freedom from Plastic Flags Too!

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Thousands of national flags are found lying around on our roads after Independence and Republic Day celebrations every year. Most of those flags are made of plastic and are harmful to the environment if not discarded properly. Hence, the government is soon putting a ban on the use, sale and manufacturing of such flags. 

Independence Day celebrations every year are followed by thousands of flags lying around the city. Most of these flags are made of plastic, which is obviously not an eco-friendly material. Once discarded, they not only clog the public drains but are also dangerous when eaten by stray animals. Hence, the government has now come up with a solution to address the issue.

There is soon going to be a ban on the use, sale and purchase of plastic-made national flags in the country.

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This step has been taken after various complaints were filed, stating that cheap plastic flags are found thrown away like garbage after the celebration of Republic Day and Independence Day.

The Bombay High Court had also asked Maharashtra Government in March this year to come up with a comprehensive policy to ensure a ban on use, sale and purchase of national flags made of plastic.

In addition to this, the court had also suggested that the Maharashtra Government should get a message about national flags printed in school text books the same way as the national anthem is printed.

Similar initiatives were taken previously when the Maharashtra Government sensitised schools and students about not buying cheap plastic flags in 2014. Schools were also asked to use only paper flags and discard them as per rules.

With Independence Day around the corner, this step is expected to reduce the large quantity of plastic flags found lying around which is not just disrespectful but also harmful to the environment.

Here is how you can dispose the Indian flag respectfully.

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