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Bihar Government bans jeans, t-shirts in state secretariat

Bihar Government has imposed a ban on wearing of T-shirts and jeans by the employees in the state secretariat.

Aug 30, 2019 10:41 IST
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Nitish Kumar

Bihar Government has imposed a ban on wearing of T-shirts and jeans by the employees in the state secretariat. The government has ordered the employees to wear decent, simple, sober and comfortable clothes in the office.

The Bihar Government order read, "Officials and employees must wear decent, comfortable, simple, sober and light-coloured attire." The order stated that the employees must choose their dress according to the weather and nature of work.

The ban was issued after it came into notice that the officials and employees were coming to office in clothes that are contrary to the office culture, as per the government order. The order further read that wearing of jeans and T-shirts is against the office decorum.

The ban on T-shirts and jeans is for all employees in the secretariat regardless of the rank they hold. The employees have been asked to wear comfortable and light-coloured clothes in the office.

Following the order, all employees in the state secretariat will have to wear clothes as prescribed by the state government.

Background

Previously in 2015, Goa government's art and culture department had banned its staff from wearing jeans and sleeveless clothes. The department had instructed its employees to wear only formal dress and not jeans, t-shirts, sleeveless dresses, corduroy pants or even trousers with multiple pockets during office hours and official functions of the Directorate. The ban was imposed to maintain 'decorum' in office premises.

The Rajasthan Labour department had also banned its employees from wearing jeans and t-shirts in June 2018. The department had issued instructions to its employees to not come to the office wearing "indecent" dresses such as jeans and T-shirts. A circular specifying the dress code was issued on June 21, 2018.

The circular stated that all employees and officers in the department will be expected to come to the office wearing decent clothes like pants and shirt. The main reason given by the department for enforcing the formal dress code was to maintain office decorum. The move had invited criticism from the state's employees' federation.

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