Jammu and Kashmir administration has made hoisting of tricolor mandatory on all offices and government buildings. It is for the first time since 1947 that such an order has been issued. The message is trending on all social media platforms.
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The claim that hoisting tricolor has been made mandatory in J&K is TRUE.
Several media outlets have released news videos stating the same.
According to these reports, LG Sinha issued the necessary instructions in this regard. Later Divisional Commissioner Jammu directed all the Deputy Commissioners and Heads of the Departments to implement the directions within the next 15 days.
Anantnag's Deputy Commissioner Dr. Piyush Singla also issued a circular directing all officials department heads to hoist the national flag atop government buildings. They have been instructed to submit the progress report on a daily basis in this regard.
"The National Flag represents the hopes and aspirations of the people of India. It is the symbol of our national pride. There is universal affection and respect for, and loyalty to, the National Flag. The Government of India, to bring awareness amongst the people, and also in the organizations of the government, in regard to laws, practices, and conventions, that apply to the display of the National Flag has defined a Flag Code of India, 2002", reads the circular dated 26 March 2021 issued by the Anantnag Deputy Commissioner Dr Piyush Singla.
"In pursuance of part III of the Flag Code of India, it is impressed upon all District/Sectoral Heads/ Tehsil/Block level officers to ensure that National Flag is flown on all Government offices/buildings across the district within 15 days positively," the circular adds.
Official sources maintained that similar circulars were being issued by other DCs in Kashmir and Jammu divisions.
This is for the first time since 1947 that orders, making hoisting of the National Flag on all government offices and buildings mandatory, have been issued in Jammu and Kashmir. As of now, tricolor can be seen only on the rooftops of the high offices like Raj Bhavan, Civil Secretariat, High Court, offices and vehicles of Governor, Chief Minister, Ministers and Advisors, High Court judges, and other Constitutional offices and authorities besides the defence and the paramilitary installations and border posts.
Though tricolor can be seen on the rooftops of some offices like Raj Bhavan, High Court, etc, many other offices do not hoist the Indian flag. Now, it has been made mandatory by the State Government. The claim is TRUE.