A gurgaon-based company that supplies the Punjab government with sacks for packing foodgrains is under the scanner after some sacks made by it were found to have the national emblem printed on them. The national emblem,which depicts the Lion Capital of Ashoka at Sarnath,is protected by law from being used for commercial purposes.
The sacks with the emblem printed on them were found in a heap of garbage by Naresh Kadyan,the head of the International Organisation for Animal Protection (OIPA) who also works as the district in-charge for the Haryana Khadi Board. Kadyan lodged a complaint with the Punjab Police on June 1 against the state government and against the Gurgaon manufacturing firm,Rishab Farms and Industries Ltd.
It was a shock to me as I was conducting a routine inspection at our Rewari unit when I found the heaps of used sacks decaying there with the national emblem printed on them. Even though the matter is of utmost importance. there has been no response from the police yet, Kadyan said.
In his complaint,Kadyan pointed out the laws and regulations that had been violated. As per the legislation related to the State Emblem of India,while no one can insult or use the national emblem for any commercial purpose,all the four consignees,alongwith the Union Director General of Supplies and Disposal and manufacturing company Rishab Farms and Industries in Gurgaon,violated the provisions of the Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act,1971,State Emblem of India (Prohibition of Improper Use) Rules,2007,State Emblem of India (Regulation of Use) Amendment Rules 2010 and Authentication (Order and other Instruments) Rules 2002, he said in his complaint.
When contacted by Kadyan,the supplying firm told him that it had printed the sacks according to the design given to it by the government. We were given the design by the Director General of Supplies and Disposals,Delhi. The order was supplied two years ago, Director of Rishab Farms and Industries Ltd. SC Garg told The Indian Express,adding that no one from the government had contacted him over the complaint by Kadyan.
There were 5,44,000 sacks of the same type and the entire consignment had been despatched to Sangrur for packing foodgrains.
S K Kataria,Additional Director (Supplies and Disposals) Delhi,when contacted by The Indian Express agreed that the issue should not be taken lightly. This is a serious matter. Usually we inspect the bags ourselves but about three years ago,when there was a shortage of bags,a few states got the bags manufactured on their own. We will ensure that the matter is properly investigated, said Kataria.