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Ban on Tricolor Import Says Centre:- The Indian government imposed ban on the import of tricolor products to the country. Right from Chinese LED lights to the Ganesh and Lakshmi idols, everything is hurting the Indian manufacturers. The Centre issued a notification on Friday through the Directorate General of Foreign Trade saying that the import of national flag will be prohibited. The tricolor can only be made on hand-spun and handwoven cotton, wool, silk khadi 'bunting'. The Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) will be eligible to manufacture the national flags in the coming days in the country.
Most of the flags sold in the country are made of non-khadi fabric or plastic resulting in the decline of sales by KVIC after which the move has been initiated. Piyush Goyal, the minister for commerce and industries decided to ban the import of flags from China and other countries. KVIC Chairman Vinai Kumar Saxena said that the 'blatant violation of the flag code' impacted the livelihood of many. The flag sales of KVIC were Rs 3.7 crores in 2017-18 and they reached Rs 3.2 crores in 2018-19.