As a part of the government’s Har Ghar Tiranga campaign, every household in India would hoist the National Flag. And here are all the rules and FAQs you kneed to know while doing so.
From where to Buy:
The Post Office, Private shops, or Khadi Bhandar
To facilitate the sales and distribution of National Flags under Har Ghar Tiranga Campaign, all Post Offices will function on holidays, falling before Independence Day 2022.
All delivery Post Offices and other important post offices, across the country will be functional to the extent of supporting this public campaign.
Special arrangements will be made for the sale of National Flags on public holidays i.e. on 7th, 9th and 14th August 2022 through at least one counter at Post Offices. Special arrangements will also be made for the delivery of the National Flags in all delivery Post Offices.
Can I display the National Flag at my home?
As per paragraph 2.2 of the Flag Code of India, a member of the public, a private organization, or an educational institution may hoist/display the National Flag on all days or occasions in accordance with the dignity and honour of the National Flag.
Where is the best place to fly the flag at home?
Anywhere in the house, including a rooftop, wall, windowsill, balcony, or the front of a building, can be used to raise the flag. But be mindful that the saffron band must always be on top and that the flag must always be upright or at an angle. Additionally, it is important to remember that the flag should always be facing the person or individuals it is being faced by. Both day and night are allowed for flying the flag.
Can I fly the National Flag on top of my vehicle?
The answer is a strict NO. Common people cannot place the Tricolour on their cars or two-wheelers. Only a few government officials are allowed to have the National Flag on their vehicles.
What is the timing for flying the National Flag in the open/at the home?
The Flag Code of India, 2002 was amended vide Order dated 20th July, 2022 and clause (xi) of paragraph 2.2 of Part-II of the Flag Code of India was replaced by the following clause:- (xi) “where the Flag is displayed in open or displayed on the house of a member of public, it may be flown day and night;”
What is the Flag Code of India?
The Flag Code of India brings together all laws, conventions, practices, and instructions for the display of the National Flag. It governs the display of the National Flag by Private, Public, and Government Institutions. The Flag Code of India took effect on 26th January 2002.
Which material can be used to produce the National Flag?
The Flag Code of India, 2002 was amended vide Order dated 30th December, 2021 and National Flag made of polyester or machine made Flag have been allowed. Now, the National Flag shall be made of handspun and handwoven or machine-made, cotton/polyester/wool/silk/khadi bunting.
What is the appropriate size and ratio of the National Flag?
As per paragraph 1.3 & 1.4 of the Flag Code of India, the National Flag shall be rectangular in shape. The Flag can be of any size but the ratio of the length to the height (width) of the National Flag shall be 3:2.
What should I keep in mind while displaying the National Flag at my home?
Whenever the National Flag is on display, it should occupy the position of honor and should be distinctly placed. A damaged or disheveled National Flag should not be displayed.
What should I keep in mind to avoid incorrect display of the National Flag?
The National Flag shall not be displayed in an inverted manner; i.e.; the saffron band should not be the bottom band.
A damaged or disheveled National Flag shall not be displayed.
The National Flag shall not be dipped in salute to any person or thing.
No other flag or bunting shall be placed higher than or above or side by side with the National Flag; nor shall any object including flowers or garlands, or emblem be placed on or above the flagmast from which the National Flag is flown.
The National Flag shall not be used as a festoon, rosette, bunting, or in any other manner for decoration.
The National Flag shall not be allowed to touch the ground or the floor or trail in the water.
The National Flag shall not be displayed or fastened in any manner as may damage it.
The National Flag should not be flown from a single masthead (top part of a flagpole) simultaneously with any other flag or flags.
The National Flag shall not be used to cover a speaker's desk, nor shall it be draped over a speaker's platform.
The National Flag shall not be used as a portion of costume or uniform or accessory of any description which is worn below the waist of any person nor shall it be embroidered or printed on cushions, handkerchiefs, napkins, undergarments or any dress material.
Are there any rules for the prevention of insult to the Indian National Flag?
Yes. In accordance with explanation 4 to section 2 of “the Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act, 1971’, the following should be observed:
The National Flag shall not be used as a form of drapery in any form whatsoever, including private funerals
The National Flag shall not be used as a portion of costume or uniform or accessory of any description which is worn below the waist of any person nor shall it be embroidered or printed on cushions, handkerchiefs, napkins, undergarments or any dress material
There shall be no lettering upon the National Flag
The National Flag shall not be used to wrap, receive, or deliver things
The National Flag shall not be used to cover the sides, back, and top of any vehicle.
What is the correct way to display the National Flag in the open/on public buildings?
When the National Flag is displayed flat and horizontal on a wall, the saffron band shall be upper most and when displayed vertically, the saffron band shall be to the right in reference to the National Flag i.e., it should be to the left of a person facing it.
When the National Flag is displayed from a staff projecting horizontally or at an angle from a windowsill, balcony, or front of a building, the saffron band shall be at the farther end of the staff.
Can I display the National Flag on my car?
The privilege of hosting the National Flag on motor cars is only limited to the following persons as per paragraph 3.44 of the Flag Code of India, 2002.
• Governors and Lieutenant Governors
• Heads of Indian Missions/Posts
• Prime Minister
• Cabinet Ministers, Minister of State, and Deputy Ministers of the Union
• Chief Minister and Cabinet Minister of a State or Union Territory
• Speaker of the Lok Sabha, Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha, Deputy Speaker of Lok Sabha, Chairman of Legislative Councils in States, Speakers of the Legislative Assemblies in States and Union Territories, Deputy Chairman of Legislative Council in States, Deputy Speakers of Legislative Assemblies in States and Union Territories
• Chief Justice of India
• Judges of Supreme Court
• Chief Justice of High Courts
• Judges of High Courts
How should the National Flag be disposed?
As per paragraph 2.2 of the Flag Code of India, if the National Flag is damaged, it shall be destroyed as a whole in private, preferably by burning or any other method considering the dignity of the National Flag.
The National Flag, if made of paper, is waved by the general public, these flags should not be discarded on the ground. These should be discarded in private, keeping in mind the dignity of the National Flag.