Government Changes India’s Flag Code; Now the tricolor can be flown day and night

The government changed the country’s flag code, allowing the tricolor to fly day and night and being machine-made alongside using polyester.

The move comes as the government is set to launch a ‘Har Ghar Tiranga’ (the raising of the flag in every house) on August 13-15 as part of the ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’.

In a letter to the secretaries of all central ministries and departments, Union Interior Secretary Ajay Bhalla said that the showing, hoisting and use of the Indian national flag is regulated by the Flag Code of India 2002 and the Prevention of Insults to National Honor Act 1971.

The Flag Code of India, 2002 was further amended by an Order of 20 July 2022 and clause (xi) of paragraph 2.2 of Part II of the Flag Code of India, 2002 now reads as follows: – (xi) “where the flag displayed openly or displayed at the home of a member of the public, it may be hoisted day or night”.

Previously, the tricolor was allowed to be flown from sunrise to sunset, regardless of weather conditions.

Similarly, paragraph 1.2 of Part I of the Flag Code of India, 2002 should now read: 1.2. “The national flag shall be hand-spun and hand-woven or machine-made cotton/polyester/wool/silk Khadi bunting.”

Earlier machine and polyester flags may not be used.

The Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav is celebrated to commemorate 75 years of progressive independent India.

The Har Ghar Tiranga campaign was launched to encourage citizens to hoist the national flag in their homes on August 13-15.

The Home Secretary also attached the main features of the Flag Code to his letter, including the changes made on December 30, 2021 and July 20, 2022 and the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on the use and display of the national flag.

“You are asked to ensure that these are widely disseminated among various organizations, PSUs under your administrative control,” the Home Secretary said in his letter. PTI ACB

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