New gown code for Maharashtra authorities staff: No t-shirts, denims or slippers

Mumbai, December 11

Maharashtra Government does not consider jeans appropriate work wear.

A new circular issued by the state government has put in strictures on what can and cannot be worn to work, and the humble everyman clothing does not make the cut. Neither do T-shirts and flip-flops.  

Also, all government employees must wear khadi clothes at least on Fridays to encourage the use of handspun, a circular issued on December 8 stated.

“It has been observed that several officials/staff (mainly contractual staff and advisers engaged for government work) do not wear attire suitable for government employees. Hence, the image of government staff gets sullied among people,” it said.

People expect “good behaviour and personality” from all government officials and employees, it reminded.

“If the attire of officials and employees is unsuitable and unclean, it also has an indirect impact on their work,” the circular said.

The attire should be “proper and clean”, it said.

Women employees can wear sarees, salwars/chudidars kurtas, trouser pants and shirts along with dupattas if necessary, it said.

Men have fewer choices: they can wear shirts and “pants or trouser pants”.

“Clothes with deep colours and strange embroidery patterns or pictures should not be worn. Besides, employees and staff should not wear jeans and t-shirts in offices,” the circular ordained.

Women employees should wear chappals, sandals or shoes while men should wear shoes or sandals, it was stated. — Agencies


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