In the run-up to celebrating the 75th year of Indian Independence and the launch of ‘Har Ghar Tiranga’ campaign, the government is expecting costs of the tricolour to come down as a result of the change made to the Flag Code of India 2002 which allow machine-made polyester, other than handspun and handwoven khadi, to be used in the production of the national flag.
Earlier as per the Flag Code of India 2002, only flags made of handspun and handwoven khadi were permitted to be used. The amendment to the Flag Code, made on December 30, 2021, however, says the national flag can now be made of “hand spun and handwoven or machine-made, cotton, polyester, wool, silk khadi bunting. ”
The change to the Flag Code is expected to provide a fillip to the government’s ‘Har Ghar Tiranga’ mass campaign, scheduled to be launched on August 15, 2022, under which people will be encouraged to hoist the national flag over their houses.
The initiative is part of the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav and is targeting the sale and hoisting of at least 20 crore national flags across the country.
Government sources said flag-making is expected to pick up on a mass scale at self-help groups that had pitched in with making masks and PPE kits during the Covid-19 pandemic.