The government of India has banned the import of national flag from other countries like China. A notification issued by the Directorate General of Foreign Trade states that the national flag will not be imported due to non-compliance with the standards set in the Flag Code of India.
It has been said in the report that imported national flag was not following the rule of part 1, section 1.2 of flag code of India, 2002.
According to news agency PTI, Khadi and Village Industries Industry (KVIC) has called this decision of the government as a Diwali gift for millions of Khadi artisans. According to the flag code, our national flag tricolor can only be made of hand spun, wool, cotton, silk and khadi. Not only this, only clothes approved by the Khadi Village Industries Commission(KVIC) can be used to make the national flag.
In other words, According to an act of parliament, Khadi Village Industries Commission(KVIC) is the only statutory entity which has right to manufacture Indian National flag.
There are such large Indian national flags being sold in the country which are either made of plastic or non-Khadi cloth. Sales of Khadi Village Industries Commission were also being affected by these imported Flags. KVIC noted that the sale of the national flag made by it has been declining for the last two years.
In the financial year 2017-18, the Khad village Industries Commission(KVIC) had sold the national flag worth Rs 3.69 crore, but in 2018-19, the sales fell by 14 per cent to Rs 3.16 crore. So far in the current financial year, its sales have been only Rs 1.94 crore.
KVIC chairman Vinay Kumar Saxena wrote a letter to Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal informing about the decline in the sale of flags. In this letter, Saxena had said that the imported national flag is mostly made of plastic, which violates the flag code of India. KVIC had demanded a ban on the import of such flags.
According to sources, Most of the flags were being imported from China.