Chandigarh, July 27, 2019: Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Saturday night scrapped the orders of The Deputy Commissioner, Fazilka, imposing a dress code on employees.
The DC, Manpreet Singh Chhatwal, IAS, had reportedly issued the orders on a written request by the employees’ union, which had sought a formal dress code as they found the casual dress unkempt.
Captain Amarinder has directed the DC to forward the employees’ union request to the state government for further action, as deemed necessary, an official spokesperson said. Any decision on the matter would be taken after due consideration of all relevant aspects of the issue, said the spokesperson.
Overriding the DC’s orders, the Chief Minister said imposition of a dress code in a government office did not, on the face of it, appear to be a feasible option. Other ways could be explored to ensure office decorum, he said, adding that the state government did not have any dress code in place for its employees and hence, it was not reasonable to expect employees in one district office to follow any such code.
As per the DC’s orders, male employees would have been required, with effect from July 29, 2019, to abstain from wearing T-shirts and female employees would have been required to mandatorily wear `dupattas’. Violation of the dress code would have invited action, according to the orders.