Give state flag its rightful place, orders Mufti

KL Report

JAMMU

In a major move to strengthen the special status of Jammu and Kashmir within constitution of India, Mufti Muhammad Sayeed led government Thursday issued order to ‘maintain sanctity of the state flag’.

The order bearing circular no 13-GAD of 2015, dated March 12, 2015 was issued by administrative section of General Administration Department(GAD), civil Secretariat Jammu.

The order refers to historical background, constitution of Jammu and Kashmir and Delhi agreement of 1952 to express that “the State Flag has the same sanctity and position as the Union Flag has under the Indian Constitution and other statutory provisions.”

“Therefore, this sanctity and position has to be maintained at all costs. It’s non-hoisting along with the Union Flag amounts to insult to the Flag as per the Provisions of the Jammu and Kashmir Prevention of Insult to State Honors Act 1979,” reads the order.

The order further reads that “all the Constitutional Authorities are enjoined upon to maintain the sanctity of the State Flag, at all costs, as is being done in respect of the Union Flag. The Flag shall always be hoisted jointly on the buildings housing Constitutional Institutions and shall be used on the official cars of Constitutional Authorities.”

According to the circular, the non compliance of order “ amount to insult to the Jammu and Kashmir Prevention of Insult to State Honors Act, 1979.”

 

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