Mumbai: The Bombay High Court today directed the Union government to strictly implement a ban on manufacture, sale and use of plastic national flags.
The court was hearing a PIL, filed by Hindu Jan Jagaran Samiti, seeking a ban on plastic flags.
The petitioner's lawyer, advocate Anand Patil, argued that there was no mechanism to dispose of plastic flags after Independence Day or Republic Day.
The court also directed the state government to make proper arrangements for disposal of such flags, adding that the tehsildars and the collector offices would be the nodal agencies for this job.
It further directed the state government to allow NGOs to collect the flags and hand them to the collector's office or tehsildars.
"All the government, semi-government organisations shall be made aware of the facility of the collection and disposal of flags," said the division bench headed by Justice Abhay Oka.
The court also directed the state and the central government to file a compliance report.