Mail News Service
Jamshedpur, Jan. 24: The East Singhbhum district administration has banned sale of plastic flags in view of Republic Day. East Singhbhum deputy commissioner Ravi Shanker Shukla while chairing a meeting at district collectorate to review preparedness for Republic Day function instructed the executive magistrates, local urban bodies and concerned police officials to ensure that those violating the Flag code of India 2002 should be booked under section 2 of the Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act, 1971. He said that the authorities must ensure that the plastic flags are not sold in the market.
All the police station officials, executive magistrates deputed for different areas and the local urban bodies officials were ordered that any body found selling or using Indian flags in violation of Flag Code of India 2002 should be booked immediately.
� We have decided that those found selling plastic flags and those found using it would be booked under section 2 of Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act. We will deal strictly with those taking out bike rallies carrying Indian flags in violation of the Flag Code 2002,� said an official.
Sources informed that those individuals working for Swachh Bharat mission (construction of toilets, cleanliness in surroundings) both in urban and rural areas would be felicitated by the district administration.
The district police will tighten security in view of the Republic Day celebrations on January 26. Though Intelligence reports have not specified any particular threat perception, a general will be sounded across the city. Special checking drive will be organised at the border areas of the city. Close vigil will be kept at the strategic locations like markets, bus stands and hotels.
As per the programme, the flag hoisting ceremony would take place at 9 am at Gopal Maidan. A colourful pageantry would be taken out in which children of local schools, government offices would take part. The district administration will also felicitate 26 freedom fighters during the function.
Units of the Army, Home Guards, NCC, NSS, and Scout and Guides would take part in the march-past. Students of various schools would participate in the programme.
Meanwhile, as per the orders of DC, SSP and DSP the entry of commercial heavy vehicles would be banned in the city.
�We will felicitate those individuals who have done exemplary role in promoting Swachh Bharat Abhiyan be it in terms of construction of toilets or undertaking cleanliness drive both in urban and rural areas will be felicitated during the function at Gopal Maidan,� said the official.