National Anthem Order: Full Provisions

The Government has written to the Chief Secretaries of all State Governments and Chief Secretaries/Administrators of all Union Territories to comply with the Supreme Court’s order dated 30.11.2016 delivered in the Writ Petition (Civil) No.855/2016 relating to the National Anthem of India and take necessary action in this regard.

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Supreme Court Directions on National Anthem:

(a) There shall be no commercial exploitation to give financial advantage or any kind of benefit. To elaborate, the National Anthem should not be utilized by which the person involved with it either directly or indirectly shall have any commercial benefit or any other benefit.

(b) There shall not be dramatization of the National Anthem and it should not be included as a part of any variety show. It is because when the National Anthem is sung or played it is imperative on the part of every one present to show due respect and honour. To think of a dramatized exhibition of the National Anthem is absolutely inconceivable.

(c) National Anthem or a part of it shall not be printed on any object and also never be displayed in such a manner at such places which may be disgraceful to its status and tantamount to disrespect. It is because when the National Anthem is sung, the concept of protocol associated with it has its inherent roots in National identity, National integrity and Constitutional Patriotism.

(d) All the cinema halls in India shall play the Anthem before the feature film starts and all present in the hall are obliged to stand up to show respect to the National Anthem.

(e) Prior to the Anthem is played or sung in the cinema hall on the screen, the entry and exit doors shall remain closed so that no one can create any kind of disturbance which will amount to disrespect to the Anthem. After the Anthem is played or sung, the doors can be opened.

(f) When the Anthem shall be played in Cinema Halls, it shall be with the National Flag on the screen.

(g) The abridge version of the Anthem made by any one for whatever reason shall not be played or displayed.