Pune residents angered by damaged and shoddy flags distributed at ward offices
As part of the “Har Ghar Tiranga” initiative, the municipalities of Pune and Pimpri Chinchwad have started the distribution of national flags. However, locals are unhappy because many flags are of “poor quality”.
PMC will distribute five lakh national flags to celebrate the “Har Ghar Tiranga” initiative announced by the Union Government. The flags would be distributed to 15 neighborhood offices across the city.
As part of the “Har Ghar Tiranga” initiative, the Union government has urged people to unfurl the national flag in every household between August 13 and 15.
Ashok Chakra is not printed correctly on many flags, while in some the stitching is not done correctly. In many flags, instead of Ashok Chakra in the center, it is shifted to the left or to the right, locals say.
Kothrud resident Neeraj Modani, who picked up the flag from the town’s post office near the Dagduseth Halwai Ganpati temple, said: “The flag was not sewn properly and it lacks the finishing touch. appropriate. The Ashok Chakra circle is also not printed correctly. The initiative is good, but the administration must ensure that the flags are of good quality.
“The cigarettes that are damaged, we return them. We urged people not to take defective parts. In many places, we have not started the distribution of flags because they have been damaged,” said Sachin Ithape, deputy commissioner of the municipality.
“We distributed 35,000 flags. Many flags were of poor quality that we returned,” a city postman said on condition of anonymity.
Saturday afternoon, the flags were out of stock at the city post office.
In PCMC, a flag costs ₹24 and in PMC it is distributed for free.
Manoj Lonkar, Deputy Commissioner of PCMC, said, “I urge all residents to check the quality of the flags before buying them. We have already requested a replacement from the central government.
Prashant Jagtap, Chairman of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) Municipal Unit of Pune, said: “During the meeting with Vikram Kumar, Commissioner and PMC Administrator, we told him that the flags should be distributed with sticks. and that they should be properly printed or we are in defiance of the national flag.