Railways to make its employees stylish with designer uniforms by Ritu Beri
Railway ministry is looking to refit its 13 lakh-odd workforce with new uniforms created by designer Ritu Beri. The first phase will extend the makeover to five lakh employees at an estimated cost of Rs 50 crore.india Updated: Aug 01, 2016 09:19 IST
Soon, railway employees will sport spiffy new uniforms, created by fashion designer Ritu Beri, that weave in depictions of Indian culture.
The noted designer was roped in to give about 13 lakh employees a dress makeover to instill a sense of pride in the profession, according to a senior official involved in the project.
Five days ago, Beri submitted four different sets of uniform, each with a distinct texture, to the railway ministry. The public transporter intends to launch an online initiative on Twitter, Facebook and the ministry’s website seeking public opinion to help it select the final design.
Once finalised, employees will be refitted in phases, with five lakh being issued the uniform in the first phase at an estimated cost of about Rs 50 crore. They will comprise front office staff, guards, drivers and catering personnel, onboard staff, station masters, loco pilots, train ticket examiners and gangmen.
Talking about the designs, Beri said the look of the uniform is meant to be an ode to India and her exoticism.
“The focus is to reflect modern India while respecting our deep-rooted tradition and culture, thus reflecting the glory of India. The uniforms will be Indo-western in cut and silhouette with comfort being the most important factor,” she said.
One of the designs submitted is based on tribal art, while another is inspired by rustic coins and currency of the ‘golden period’ of the country. A third is based on the legacy of nawabs, while the fourth is inspired by pop art, reflecting elements of culture, business, music and entertainment.
The present railway staff uniform, including TTEs, station masters and guards, were designed decades ago.
The new uniform is expected to be rolled out by the end of the year, the official said, adding a common uniform can be worn for ceremonial occasions like Railway Day, sporting events and prize distribution ceremonies.