GUWAHATI: The BJP-led coalition government in Assam is mulling to introduce a dress code for its employees on voluntary basis.
The government desires that employees come to office dressed in traditional attires – dhoti-kurta for men and mekhela-chador for women – on first and third Saturdays of every month, but on voluntary basis.
In a letter to PK Tiwary, principal secretary in general administration department, PK Borthakur, principal secretary in personnel department, advised the formulation of a suitable proposal. Borthakur wrote that the dress code had been advised by chief secretary VK Pipersena.
“It has been observed that there is no dress code for officers and employees for formal office work. On the occasion of Civil Services Day, as per the appeal of chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal, many officers came dressed up in traditional attires. This was appreciated by the public in general and was also highlighted in the media. It appears that wearing traditional dresses also induced feelings of enthusiasm and spirit among officers,” Borthakur wrote.
“In this regard, as advised by the chief secretary, you may like to formulate a suitable proposal asking officials/employees to come dressed up in traditional dresses on first and third Saturdays of the month on voluntary basis,” he wrote in the letter.