Having kicked off the dust by recommending a vigilance probe against around 30 officials in August, commercial tax commissioner, Himanshu Kumar is again in news—this time for seeking to force a dress code at the workplace.
A senior IAS officer, Kumar has issued a circular expecting the officers to avoid wearing gaudy and bright dresses distracting one’s attention, have a normal hairstyle and give up the habit of coming to office in sports-shoes or slippers.
The circular issued on Friday also expects the staff to have a normal and slow ring-tone on their cell phone and always keep the phone in a silence or vibrating mode when in the meeting.
Claming that cleanliness is a divine quality, the bureaucrat has asked officials to keep work place neat and clean by avoiding smoking and spitting about in the office compound.
Saying that office is a public place, he has reminded them that spitting and smoking at public places is a penal offence as well. He has asked officials to ensure display of warnings in this regard within the office compounds.
He says that a dignified conduct and decent dressing was an important thing for all officers representing a department. Officials looking in disarray within unusual hairstyle leaves a negative impression on public mind.
“All officers, are, therefore expected to take to formal dressing and maintain decorum not only during meetings but also during normal office hours,” says he in the circular, adding, “Please ask your subordinates too to strictly follow these instructions.”
Earlier, Kumar had recommended a vigilance probe against over 30 corrupt commercial tax officers many of them were those who had got themselves transferred to lucrative places by using political clout.
The bureaucrat had also uploaded a message on the department’s website to the officers on the eve of the Independence Day.
In his message, he tried to explain, among other things, how exerting political pressure in matter of transfer and posting was unethical and violative of service conduct rules.
Order of the vigilance probe has evokes protest from within the department, many saying that he did not do proper homework before making the move. Now, Himanshu Kumar’s latest instructions are also being seen by many as undesirable. “There is no point in issuing instructions that cannot be implemented,” said a senior official who did not wish to be identified.