When you buy beautiful tricolour paper flags to display your patriotic spirit this August 15, also bear in mind to dispose them off in a respectful manner once the Independence Day revelry is over.
Lucknow Municipal Cooperation (LMC) men would keep a close watch on people found throwing the tricolour off in the dustbin. And those found guilty can even end up in jail or pay a hefty sum as fine.
Additional municipal commissioner P K Srivastava said, “We want people to respect the national flag. It is really painful for us to collect torn pieces of flag from the garbage each year. Many people don’t know the process of disposing off the paper flags.”
Last year, LMC staff found several flags unceremoniously dumped in bins, gutters and other places, Srivastava said.
“So, this time we would look out for all such people and action would be initiated against them,” he added, admitting it would be a tough task for the corporation keeping in mind the sheer number of people who buy flags on Independence Day.
“On Thursday, many schools would celebrate Independence Day and thousands of children would be seen waving the tricolour. It’s the duty of teachers and parents to teach their kids the correct way of treating the paper flag,” he said.
Noted social worker Bhaiyyaji said, “According to rules, the flag must never touch the ground or water, or be used as drapery. The flag code says whenever the tricolour is damaged or soiled, it should be destroyed in private, preferably by burning it or burying it with dignity.”
“It is a crime to disrespect the flag in anyway, be it by throwing it away, tearing it, twisting it out of shape or holding it the wrong way,” he added.