Kr. Balwant Bhau
Days ahead of the Independence Day celebrations across the country, the tricolour manufacturing business is booming in the city.
India is celebrating its 70th Independence this year; the production has been increased as the freedom season is approaching.
Last year, over two lakh cotton flags were produced and this year, with a new government at the centre, the manufacturers added that they have started gearing up for the season. The flags are sent to various districts like, Udhampur, Samba, Kathua and within Jammu city, around 5000 flags are produced daily.
Flags are also made from hand-spun cloth, called khadi-cotton, and plastic. Plastic is a new entrant, but its cost advantage has made it ubiquitous in recent years. These are popular at the city’s signals and with school children.
Flags are hoisted at colleges, government offices and some taxi and bus stands. Auto and taxi drivers decorate their vehicles with the national flag in the Independence Day season. Some bikes and private cars also sport the tricolour ahead of the day.
“This year we are working day and night and our labour has also doubled,” said a flag printer.
The flag manufacturers also said that they have manufactured tricolours for the past 40 years and 10 years ago the national flag production was very less but now the sales and production of flags has increased considerably.
A flag maker in the city added that he prefers to sell khadi printed flag.
While last year two lakh flags were sold, this year they hope to sell one lakh extra flags. Also, new varieties like tri-colour badges, bands, rings, balloons, hangings, had also arrived this year.
Kr. Balwant Bhau