No jeans or printed clothes: Himachal brings dress code for govt staff
The Himachal Pradesh government has prescribed a dress code for government employees specifically during court appearances and also while attending office.
The move comes just days after the high court rebuked a woman junior engineer who went to the court in a check shirt and denims. The government has warned employees of strict disciplinary action if the orders are defied.
The orders were issued by Chief Secretary VC Pharka on Sunday in pursuance of the High Court directives to the state government where displeasure had been expressed about the manner in which employees were coming to the court wearing casual clothes.
The government has been compelled to issue the order addressed to all secretaries, heads of departments, divisional commissioners and deputy commissioners following court directives after a female Junior Engineer of the Irrigation and Public Health Department appeared in court wearing jeans and a multi-coloured shirt.
On Friday A division bench of the court comprising justices Tarlok Singh Chauhan and Ajay Mohan Goel said, "Every litigant appearing before the court is expected to be dressed in a modest manner so as to maintain decorum. 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."
In April, this year the Jharkhand high court too had disapproved of the 'colourful printed sari' worn to court by the state chief secretary.