J&K govt orders constitutional authorities to honour state flag along with national flag

The order states, state flag shall always be hoisted jointly on the buildings housing Constitutional Institutions.

Written by Mir Ehsan | Srinagar | Updated: March 13, 2015 2:07 pm

Miffed by some ministers of the Bharatiya Janata Party for not using state flag on their vehicles along with national flag, the Jammu and Kashmir government has asked constitutional authorities to maintain the sanctity of the state flag.

Sources in the government said the order was issued it was noticed that some BJP ministers are not using state flag on their official cars along with the national flag.

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“As per the Constitution of Jammu and Kashmir and the Delhi Agreement of 1952 and keeping in view the historical background, 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,” said the order issued by Commissioner Secretary, General Administration Department, Mohammad Ashraf Bukhari.

The order further said that 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. “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 order stated that the state flag shall always be hoisted jointly on the buildings housing Constitutional Institutions and shall be used on the official cars of Constitutional Authorities. “Any deviation in this regard shall amount to insult to the Jammu and Kashmir Prevention of Insult to State Honors Act, 1979,” it said.

PDP’s coalition partner BJP has been traditionally seeking repeal of J&K Constitution and their slogan has been ‘One country, one flag, one constitution’. Interestingly, every BJP minister in J&K took oath bearing true faith and allegiance to the Constitution of the State.

BJP spokesman, Khalid Jehangir said that the party will abide the laws of the land. “I have myself seen state flags on the official cars of the BJP ministers,” he said.

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    Chatterjee
    Mar 19, 2015 at 1:56 am
    Comment truthfully please
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      Chatterjee
      Mar 19, 2015 at 1:54 am
      The Consution of Jammu and Kashmir is the best example of camouflage and dualism of the majority subscribers of First Cong Govt. of India, which was abandoned by Shubhatma Shri Shyama Prasad Mukherjee, decedent of Royal Bengal Tiger, Bangaveer Shri Ashutosh Mukherjee,who British crowned with le "Sir" submitting to his talent and courage and Honest Patriotism . If BJP does not uproot the dualism embedded in our consutional practice code the Kashmir will never be meant a part of United India; the Kashmirs with Real Indian Soul will never get the freedom to conscience of an Indian identically situated as other parts of India. The Article. 370 was anti national, is anti-national and shall remain anti national. History does not trace forward; retaining History sustained troubles the pace of present ; here it is severer manifestation of the vice of predecessor congress since Nehru. May be Mrs. Indira hi would have repealed it if Sanjay hi lived long. The Bold Central Government by Brave Modiji will feed India revitalized Kashmir, I hope, at the right time by right method, and the ground to be prepared takes time. Configuration of Houses play key role. If States embrace BJP in majority it will be done. However we expect atude from Brave Prime minister.
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        venkataraman K
        Mar 14, 2015 at 8:55 am
        last friday alam released this friday naqvi released and state flag hoisted. next friday a meeting between alam and naqvi will be arranged, at our state guest house with full honors. as usual we will condemn the meeting and this will go on. envoy will be summoned and he will laugh and give a happy press meet. whoever be at the center, this rituals will go on. we have to pity the J&K people and god has to rescue them from the sufferings which is going on for the past 30 years. i do not know the meaning of zero tolerance. venkataraman k
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        1. Rajiv Pande
          Mar 20, 2015 at 3:14 am
          Article 370 must be repealed, and to do that BJP needs 3/4 majority in Parliament. There is not enough political awareness and caste politics is still strong, and no other party will support such a measure because of appeat reasons.
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            Raj
            Mar 13, 2015 at 5:08 pm
            Every state in the United States has its own flag... not sure what the problem is. Fly any Confederate Flag you want, the Confederacy isn't returning. If they think they will hoist Kashmir by flying a flag... go right ahead.
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