Flag Code Of India 2023 PDF

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What is the Flag Code of India?

  • The Flag Code of India brought into effect on January 26, 2002, acts as an overarching umbrella that brings together all laws, conventions, practices and instructions for the use, display and hoisting of the National Flag of India.
  • The Code states that a member of the public, private organisation, or educational institute is allowed to hoist the national flag on all days and occasions, ceremonial or otherwise, consistent with the dignity and honour of the flag.
  • The code has been divided into three parts:
    • The first part contains a general description of the national flag.
    • The second part talks about the rules for the display of the flag by members of the public, private organisations, and other institutions.
    • The third part is about the rules for the display of the national flag by central and state governments, and their organisations/agencies.
  • The tricolour cannot be used for commercial purposes and cannot be dipped in salute to any person or thing.
  • The flag cannot be used as a festoon, or for any kind of decoration purposes.
  • The flags that conform to the specifications as laid down by the Bureau of Indian Standards and bear their mark can only be used for official display

What are the recent amendments to the code?

  • The Centre has amended the Flag Code of India, allowing the national flag to be flown both during the day and at night if it is displayed in the open or in the house of a member of the public.
  • Earlier, the tricolour could be hoisted only between sunrise and sunset.
  • In an earlier amendment, the government had allowed the use of machine-made and polyester flags which were not allowed to be used earlier.
  • It is believed that amending the flag code will make the National Flag easily available and affordable to the general public.

What is Har Ghar Tiranga campaign?

  • The government has launched this campaign under the aegis of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav to encourage people to bring the Tiranga home and hoist it in their homes between August 13 and 15 to mark the 75th year of India’s independence.
  • The aim is to motivate the people to take a pledge to re-dedicate themselves to the tricolour for the development, bright future, and security of the country, by hoisting the Tricolour in their homes.

Why are the amendments being criticized?

  • A section of Khadi weavers is protesting against the amendments made to the flag code, as the demand for Khadi flags has suffered as the new rule permits the use of machine-made and polyester flags.
  • The Karnataka Khadi Gramudyog Samyukta Sangha (KKGSS), a unit that spins the fabric used to make the national flag has halted operations and called a nationwide protest against the amendment.
  • The opponents are of the view that the amendments will mark the entry of Chinese-made flags into India.

A brief about the Indian national flag:

  • The Indian national flag is rectangular, with stripes in three colors: saffron, white, and green.
  • It has a 24-spoke navy blue wheel known as the Ashok Chakra at its center.
  • It was adopted at a meeting of the Constituent Assembly on July 22, 1947.


The privilege of hoisting the national flag is limited to certain positions acquired by the people of the country. They are as follows:

  • President
  • Vice-President
  • Governors and Lieutenant Governors
  • Heads of Indian Missions Posts
  • Prime Minister
  • Cabinet Ministers, Ministers of State, and Deputy Ministers of the Union
  • Chief Minister and Cabinet Minister of a State or Union Territory
  • Speaker of the LokSabha,
  • Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha,
  • Deputy Speaker of LokSabha,
  • Chairman of Legislative Councils in States,
Language English
No. of Pages25
PDF Size4.5 MB

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