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Social activist challenges inappropriate use of National Emblem of India by Railway Recruitment Board
Abhishek Kadyan, a social activist, known for raising issues which violate the Constitutional provisions and is against the existing laws, has informed about the registration of his complaint with the Railway Board, which stands acknowledged by Ashok Choudhary, Executive Director (PG) of the Board, challenging the publication of objectionable advertisement published with the official website of Railway Recruitment Cell, North Central Railway, Allahabad.

While informing about his complaint, Kadyan through an email to this citizen journalist said that the recruitment cell's website has uploaded national emblem of India without the motto "Satyamev Jayate" inscribed on it. It may be indicated here that Kadyan has already pointed out the defective use of State Emblem by various institutions

Kadyan stated that during June, 2013, it was also pointed out that the National Emblem with ‘Satyamev Jayate’ inscribed on it, is subjected to disgrace during the wheat harvesting season in grain markets all across Punjab, as the emblem is printed on the plastic gunny bags, in which wheat is stored.

Right above the National Emblem, a one line mentioning of ‘Government of Punjab’ was also there. Besides being trampled under feet, they are thrown mercilessly in trucks. Thus this symbol of sovereignty is abused daily, knowingly or unknowingly. During a visit to various grain markets, it was found that plastic bags bearing the National Emblem were being treated in extremely shabby manner, with the labourers standing tall on it.

He further stated that the matter stands referred to the Secretary, Govt. of Punjab, Chandigarh and the Secretary Department of Commerce, on June 2, 2014 for appropriate action.

The description and design of the State Emblem of India is mentioned in the State Emblem of India (Prohibition of Improper Use) Act 2005. The Emblem consist of the profile of the Lion Capital showing three Lions mounted on the abacus, with a Dharma Chakra in the centre, a bull on the right, a galloping horse on the left and outlines of Dharma Chakras on the extreme right and left, with “Satyamev Jayate” - written in Devanagari script – below the profile of the Lion Capital. It is further stated that incomplete display of the State Emblem of India is violation of the Act.

In this case of railways, Kadyan has demanded lodging of an FIR against the Chairman, Railway Board, for the violation of legislation concerned and insulting State Emblem of India.

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