Amidst uproar over a circular of the Haryana women and child development department prohibiting staff wearing jeans and T-shirts and telling them to dress decently, the government on Wednesday hastily decided to ``reword'' its circular.
The order was issued on April 18, 2012, by the then director of the department Renu Phulia directing the staff to to wear "decent clothes in the office" as it had been observed that some officials (both male and female) were coming to office in jeans, T-shirts/western dresses, which sometime not only look awkward, but also is in contravention of government rules.
The order further said that all the officials at the department headquarters in Panchkula including field in the integrated development scheme (ICDS) and integrated child protection scheme (ICPS) were advised to wear decent clothes in the office, such as saree/salwar kameez with dupatta by females and pant-shirt by the males. These orders were to be complied with strictly with immediate effect, failing which it would be viewed seriously, it added.
However, the issue got snowballed after its own employees objected to it stating that decent clothes could not be defined as saree, salwar kameez with dupatta and pant kameez (shirt) only and asked the government rules to take back the circular.
However, while defending the said orders, the state social justice and empowerment, women and child development minister Geeta Bhukkal told HT that a controversy seemed to have unnecessarily been created, though she had decided to replace the word "decent" with "formal".
"Several of our government departments have a dress code while our Anganwari workers have salwar-kameez and a dupatta as a dress code. I think some people seem to have objected to the use of word "decent'' in the order, hence the change in the word'' Bhukkal said.