With the Supreme Court ruling that by 2007 the 1987 order of merging the two provinces, under the Indo-Sri Lanka Accord, Northern and Eastern was illegal and therefore the two provinces must be administered separately. This meant two separate flags for the Northern and Eastern provinces.
The flag has a symbol of the Sun in the middle of the flag, indicating synergy of power and natural energy sources of the province. It has three vertical stripes, red indicating labour and industriousness, white fraternity, peace and co-existence and green for the greenery and agriculture in the Province. The flag is sourounded by a blue border symbolising the north's ocean resource.