By Staff Reporter
Mumbai (Maharashtra): This is the 60th year of Indian Independence. National festivals like Republic Day and Independence Day are celebrated through out the country on a very large scale. All Indians have been granted freedom by Indian Constitution to hoist flags on their houses on these days. Flag-hoisting functions are held at various places where children are distributed flags made of paper or plastic. These paper and plastic flags are later found strewn everywhere on the roads and in gutters in a damaged state. Shri. Shivaji Vatkar, the Mumbai Pradesh Coordinator of Hindu Janajagruti Samiti (HJS) gave a representation to the State Chief Minister to take steps to stop sale of paper or plastic national flag and prevent its denigration.
It has also been mentioned in the representation that it seems that neither the parents nor the teachers educate children on maintaining sanctity of our flags. People have forgotten that our national flags are our identity and a matter of pride for us and therefore, we find flags everywhere on the roads and in gutters right from the evening of the day such national festival is celebrated. Plastic flags do not get destroyed immediately and we have to see such denigration for a few days even after the festival. Some voluntary organizations try to collect the damaged flags and immerse them in water but their efforts do not seem to be so successful due to lack of insufficient manpower and apathy of people. Hence the Government imposing ban on plastic and paper flags seems to be the only alternative.
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