If you don’t dispose of plastic flags properly, it can cost you your freedom on this Independence Day. The Union Ministry of Home Affairs has raised concerns over the prevalent use of plastic triclours this Independence Day and how it can lead to the possibility of imprisonment. Plastic flags are spotted everywhere now that the national holiday is approaching but the major issue is that these flags are non-biodegradable, unlike paper flags. This makes their disposal with dignity according to constitutional rules difficult as they take very long to decompose. As per these rules, the national flag needs to disposed off in private, with respect- either by burying it or burning it. Even these permissible methods have a specific way they need to be done. Improper disposal can lead up to 3 years imprisonment, fines or both. A request has also been issued to give wide publicity against using flags of plastic material.