The District Magistrate (DM) of Sambhal, Uttar Pradesh has raised quite a few eyebrows with his new order - he has banned employees at his office from wearing jeans or other such 'western' ensembles.
DM N K S Chauhan, justifying his order, told The Indian Expresswere issued with the intention of maintaining “decorum” on the 'collectorate' premises.
“The collectorate is not an ‘aisa-waisa’ place where you come in jeans and a T-shirt. It has been instructed that employees shall wear only formal clothes, and not jeans, corduroy or T-shirts during office hours and to official functions,” Chauhan was quoted saying.
Refusing to propose any particular dress code, Chauhan said employees must be clad in "Hindustani" clothes. That apparently, makes them look like they are serious about their work.
Chauhan, who has also banned smoking, consumption of gutkha and tobacco in the office premises, issued another order saying a penalty of Rs. 500 will be imposed on anyone flouting the said rules.
The letter further states that wearing jeans and t-shirts to work is "a violation of the government employees' code of conduct" while using tobacco products is against the Swachh Bharat Mission.
On one hand where DM's ban on tobacco is being appreciated by many, several employees are protesting the imposition of the dress code at work.
Earlier this month, Haryana government ordered school teachers in the state to not wear jeans to school or to the office of the education department.
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