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Restrictions on displaying national
flag to be lifted: Mahajan

The Union Cabinet on Tuesday decided to lift the restrictions on displaying the national flag by approving an amendment to the Flag Code.

The amended code comes into effect from January 26.

The cabinet approved the recommendations of the Flag Code Committee with certain modifications, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pramod Mahajan told reporters.

''With this, there would be no restriction on the display of the national flag so far as members of the public are concerned. However, display of the national flag would be subject to certain conditions primarily intended to safeguard the dignity and honour of the national flag'', he said.

He said that the decision comes in the wake of judgements of the Supreme Court and the Delhi high court underscoring that the right to fly the flag was part of the fundamental right to freedom of expression.

Mahajan said the cabinet also decided that in due course the Prevention of Insult to National Honour Act, 1971 should also be amended.

PTI

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