Follow new flag code, state govt tells its offices

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SummaryThe national flag will now flutter atop the state government buildings throughout the year, according to a directive of the Maharashtra government.

The national flag will now flutter atop the state government buildings throughout the year, according to a directive of the Maharashtra government.

“In view of the amendments in the national flag code, we have decided to hoist the national flag on all government offices throughout the year,” a senior General Administration Department (GAD) official said.

This move would help instil patriotism in citizens, the state claimed.

Earlier, the Tricolour was unfurled only on days of national significance since the flag code did not allow private citizens to hoist the national flag except on days like Independence Day or Republic Day.

However, in 2001, Naveen Jindal, an industrialist and now a Congress MP, filed a PIL in the Delhi High Court arguing that hoisting the national flag was his right.

After a prolonged legal battle, the flag code was amended in 2002 giving private citizens the right to hoist the Tricolour.

State officials said that now, all government and semi-government offices, zilla parishads, municipal councils, municipal corporations, state-run corporations would see the Tricolour fluttering atop their buildings.

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