Inexpensive plastic flags are popular during events like Republic Day and Independence Day.
The government is set to issue an order banning the sale of national flags made of plastics, officials have said. The order comes after complaints of cheap plastic flags being found thrown away like garbage after events like Republic Day or Independence Day.
"We will soon issue the order banning national flags made of plastic," a senior Home Ministry official said.
In March, the Bombay High Court had asked Maharashtra government to come up with a comprehensive policy to ensure a ban on use, sale and purchase of national flags made of plastic.
The Central government had also informed the court that a proposal to ban manufacture of national flags made of plastic was pending.
"The government should come up with a comprehensive policy. Create public awareness. Like the national anthem and pledge are printed in school textbooks, a message about national flags can also be printed," the High Court had told the Maharashtra government.