Tricolour Can Now Be Hoisted Day And Night
The Flag Code of India 2002 has been amended by the Ministry of Home Affairs to allow for the national flag to be flown even at night. As the central government launches a ‘Har Ghar Tiranga’ – a nationwide campaign to encourage people to hoist the Tricolour at their homes to mark the 75th Independence Day from August 13. By August 15, the country's 75th Independence Day, the goal is to reach more than 20 crore homes nationwide. The national flag can now remain hoisted through the night if it is in the open & hoisted by a member of the public. Earlier, the flag could be hoisted only between sunrise & sunset.
Sister Nivedita created the first Indian flag, which had two colors—red and yellow—and was adopted in the year 1904. Then came the flag, which had three equal horizontal stripes or bands of the colours blue, yellow, and red and was raised in Parsee Bagan Square, Calcutta, on August 7, 1906. Before the arrival of the Tricolour, there were numerous versions of the flag. Pingali Venkayya designed the Indian national flag, which is the most similar to the current one, in 1923. It has saffron, white, and green stripes, with the spinning wheel placed in the white section. On April 13, 1923, it was erected in Nagpur as part of an event commemorating the Jallianwallah Bagh Massacre. The Constituent Assembly approved this flag, often known as the Swaraj flag, on July 22, 1947, 24 days before India gained her independence. The voyage of the Indian flag once represented the fight for liberty, and it now represents a free India.
The nation's broad set of rules for the use, exhibition, and hoisting of the National Flag is known as the "Flag Code of India 2002." It brings together all laws, conventions, practices, & instructions for the display of the National Flag. It controls how the national flag is flown over public, private, and governmental buildings. India's Flag Code became operative on January 26, 2002. There will be no restriction on the display of the National Flag by members of the public, private organisations, educational institutions, etc., in accordance with Clause 2.1 of the Flag Code of India consistent with the dignity & honour of the National Flag.
Earlier as per the Flag Code of India 2002, only flags made of hand spun & handwoven khadi were permitted to be used. However, the national flag can now be constructed of "hand spun & hand woven, or machine produced, cotton, polyester, wool, silk khadi bunting," according to the Flag Code amendment that was made on December 30, 2021. The programme, which is a part of the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, aims to sell and raise at least 20 crore national flags around the nation. According to government sources, self-help organisations who contributed to the production of masks and PPE kits during the Covid-19 outbreak are likely to start producing flags in large quantities.
The amended flag code will facilitate the availability of flags on such a large scale & make them affordable for the public. The flags are currently offered for as little as Rs 30 on online marketplaces, according to officials with the Ministry of Culture. The authorities contacted producers and online retailers after the flag code was modified to increase its accessibility. To ensure that these websites would be a platform to buy flags, the Ministry has also met with e-commerce platforms like Amazon and Flipkart.
Many people applauded the amendment, including industrialist and former Congressman Naveen Jindal, whose 1995 suit convinced the Delhi High Court to permit flag-hoisting by private property owners. However, the amendment to the flag code has been questioned by those who feel the move will break the association between the Tricolour, the Independence movement & khadi. A section of Khadi weavers & activists have launched an agitation to protest the amendment. The Karnataka Khadi Gramudyog Samyukta Sangha (KKGSS), which spins the fabric used to construct the National Flag but has since halted operations in response to the decision, has called for a statewide protest.
Over 20 crore homes will have the tricolour flown for three days next month as part of the "Har Ghar Tiranga" campaign. More than 100 crore individuals will take part in the initiative to recommit themselves to serving Mother India. It will significantly aid in fostering a fresh sense of patriotism among the populace. The government has maintained that the national flags will not be distributed for free, and that people are expected to buy them, an act that will instil a sense of pride among the citizenry.