On behalf of Hidco and NKDA, we will hoist the National Flag at the new Entry Plaza of Eco Park. We held a site inspection today.
This will be preceded by a unique morning walk. For the first time ever, morning walk will be allowed in Eco Park for the public. Registration and membership start tomorrow. The morning walkers will be joined by me and other officers of Hidco and NKDA at 7.30 - 8 am from Gate 2 / Jetty 2. Each participant will be given a token inaugural gift. I will request Swami Suhitananda, General Secretary of Ramakrishna Mission to flag off the morning walkers with his blessings. He has already consented to unveil a new statue of Swami Vivekananda on 15th August near Eco Park Gate 1 on the main road, close to the site of the proposed Vivekananda University to be set up by the Ramakrishna Mission.
I received recently a circular from the Ministry of Home Affairs, Govt of India. The circular number 15/3/2014-Public states that on important national events flags made of plastic may not be used since plastic flags are non-biodegradable and do not get destroyed for a long time. This affects the dignity of our Flag. Paper flags also must not be thrown on the ground after the event but should be disposed of in private consistent with the dignity of the Flag.
Since we will hoist the National Flag in Eco Park this time, this adds a dimention to the central government circular since plastic flags, not eing bio-degradable, is harmful to the atmosphere. We will all take an oath on the first ever flag hoisting in Eco Park that none of us will use plastic flags ever.
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Here is a clipping from today's Times of India: