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Compulsory uniforms are ill fitting: Court staff

delhi Updated: Jan 25, 2010 23:12 IST
Sumit Saxena

The office of the District Judge-I and Sessions Judge on Saturday issued a circular directing all Group C employees of the court to come in their court uniforms from Monday.

But an ‘inadvertent’ delay in its implementation is on the anvil.

Employees under this group, lower and upper division clerks, have complained that the uniforms provided by the court are ill fitting and of poor quality.

A source said, “The trousers and the shirts are ill fitting despite giving measurements. How can we wear the uniform? Some of us have not even got our shoes.”

For male employees the colours of the uniform are dark grey trouser, sky blue shirt and dark blue blazers and for female employees, the colour of their salwar kameez is grey.

The source added that the blazers do not even have names badges, which is compulsory.

There are close to 2,500 employees in Group C in all the district courts.

The source in the District Court Employees association said, “We have raised the issue of poor quality of the uniform many times since we started getting the uniforms in November 2008. But nobody has addressed our problems.”

“And now we have been directed to wear these ill-fitting uniforms.”

Another employee complained of the wrong shoe size. “If an employee gets a wrong size shoe, the shoes never get exchanged,” the court employee said.

Many women employees also complained about the ill-fitting salwar kameez. “The fitting of our dresses is horrible,” said a female employee, wishing to remain anonymous.

According to the source, the amendments in the dress code were made without taking any suggestions from them.

“We have been asked to wear these blazers in summers as well. Do they want us to die sweating?” said another court employee.

This correspondent tried to contact District and Sessions Judge G.P. Mittal, who is the sole authority to comment on this issue, but he refused to say anything.