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HP orders dress code for govt employees

Statesman News Service | Shimla |

Himachal Pradesh government has stipulated dress code for all its employees, in the wake of displeasure expressed by the High Court on July 17 on the attire of a female Junior Engineer appearing in the court.

The orders issued by the Chief Secretary, VC Pharka, direct the employees to adopt dress code while attending to High Court specifically or office in general.

The female JE had appeared before the court in a case wearing multi-coloured check shirt and jean.

Expressing displeasure over it, the court had directed the state government to issue necessary instructions to all the concerned to follow a dress code, while attending court or office.

The government accordingly ordered that all the employees should be attired in appropriate, formal, clean, modest and decent clothes in sober colour, which should not look gaudy.

“Casual and party attire should be strictly avoided during appearance in the court and while attending office. The mannerism, conduct and dress of a government servant should reflect a sense of decorum, decency, professionalism and seriousness of purpose at workplace as well during appearance in the courts,” states the orders.

The orders further maintain that the advisory and instructions be brought to the notice of every employee and should also scrupulously be followed in letter and spirit by all.

In case any deviation is noticed or brought to the notice of concerned department or government, an appropriate disciplinary action in the light of conduct rules or terms and conditions of the government employee, as the case may be, shall follow against the defaulter, as per order.