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The Kamrup Metro district administration has appealed the vendors not to sell plastic flags as the district gears up to celebrate the Independence Day.

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The plastic flags are not to be used by public in terms of the provisions of the ‘Flag Code of India, 2002’ consistent with the dignity of the flag.

“It has been observed by the district administration that some street vendors and shopkeepers have been selling plastic-made flags in and around the city and during important events. According to Section 2 of Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act’ 1971, one should not disrespect the national flag. The use of plastic flag is also a sign of disrespect to the national flag,” said deputy commissioner Virendra Mittal.

The administration has also appealed to all street vendors and shopkeepers not to sell plastic flags.

Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) has also started its initiative to make the Guwahati markets ‘plastic free’ zone.

“We are trying to make it happen. It’s not possible to bring the change in a single day. We are targeting the market places and interacting with the traders and trying to make them understand the ill effects of plastics. We suggested banning single-use plastics. Gradually, we will cover the other markets as well,” said GMC commissioner Monalisa Goswami.

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