Q. Which of the following statements regarding the Flag Code of India, seen in news recently is correct?

[A] The national flag is made exclusively from handmade/ spun fabric.

[B] The national flag can be displayed by the public only on Republic Day & Independence Day.

[C] The national flag can never be burned or buried.

[D] The national flag cannot be worn as a part of any costume below the waist.

Answer: D

Exp) Option d is the correct answer.

Statement a is incorrect: Earlier the tricolour used to be made exclusively out of hand spun material using hand making techniques. However, in recent amendments, the machine production of the tricolor was allowed. Now, the Tricolour can be made of hand-spun, hand-woven or machine-made cotton, polyester, wool, silk and khadi bunting.

Statement b is incorrect: The tricolour may be displayed by any organisation or any member of the public on any special occasion, such as the Republic or Independence Day, or any ordinary day as well. The only caveat is that they must ensure that all rules for ensuring the respect and dignity of the flag are maintained.

Statement c is incorrect: The Code permits the burning or burial of the tricolour, in order to dispose of it, if it has been badly damaged.

Statement d is correct: The code prohibits the use of the national flag “as a portion of costume or uniform”. It cannot be used as an accessory to be worn below the waist of any person “nor shall it be embroidered or printed on cushions, handkerchiefs, napkins, undergarments or any dress material.

As per the Flag Code of India, 2002

• The flag can be as big or small as one wants “but the ratio of the length to the height (width) of the National Flag shall be 3:The flag must always be a rectangle rather than square or any other shape.

• It is against rules to display a damaged or disheveled National Flag

• No other flag or bunting shall be placed higher than or above or side by side with the National Flag

• No advertisements should be festooned to the pole from which it flies.

• The National Flag cannot be flown on any vehicle except those of the President, Vice President, Prime Minister, Governor and other dignitaries. The flag should also not be used to cover the sides, back, and top of any vehicle.