Dress formally or face action, Himachal govt directs staff
The advisory says, “Government servant should be attired in appropriate, formal, clean, modest and decent cloths in sober colours, which should not look gaudy.” Casual and party attire should be strictly avoided during any appearance in courts and while attending office, it adds.india Updated: Aug 04, 2017 17:46 IST
Concerned over the growing fad of casual dressing during the office hours, the Himachal Pradesh government issued an advisory to all the government employees, asking them to dress formally or face disciplinary action.
Chief secretary V C Pharkha issued this advisory to all the government departments on Friday, asking them to ensure that officials, employees and other staff are properly dressed. These orders follow the high court reprimand to a junior engineer, who appeared in the court in jeans and check shirt.
The department of personnel advised all the officers to ensure that the employees are dressed ‘modestly’ during the office hours. “The advisory and instructions should be followed in letter and spirit. It should be brought to the notice of every employee and should also be scrupulously followed in letter and spirit by all,” reads the advisory that warns of strict action against the defaulters.
“An appropriate disciplinary action in the light of conduct rules or terms and conditions of government employee, as the case may be, shall follow against the defaulter,” says the advisory. “The mannerisms, conduct and dress of a government servant should reflect a sense of decorum, decency, professionalism,” said an official of the department of personnel.
The advisory further goes on to say, “Government servant should be attired in appropriate, formal, clean, modest and decent cloths in sober colours, which should not look gaudy.” Casual and party attire should be strictly avoided during any appearance in courts and while attending office, it adds.
From the court
It was on July 17 that a division bench comprising Justice Tarlok Chauhan and Ajay Goyal made an observation on the importance of sartorial seriousness when a litigant, a junior engineer, appeared before the bench in jeans and a colourful check shirt.
The judges observed: “The judges and magistrates play a pivotal role in the administration of justice and that is why they wear a specific dress prescribed by the rules framed by the high court. This dress is worn compulsorily in order to maintain the dignity and decorum of the court and, therefore, we see no reason why any litigant, more particularly, government officers and officials should be improperly or inappropriately dressed while appearing before the court. After all being appropriately dressed only induces a seriousness of purpose and a sense of decorum, which is highly conducive for the dispensation of justice” said the court.