In a bid to ensure that government officers “leave a better impression on people”, Kaushambi District Magistrate has issued a circular to officers across departments, asking them to ensure that neither they nor their subordinates are seen during office hours in casual dresses, including jeans, t-shirt and slippers.
After receiving the circular, a few departments have passed necessary instructions in this regard.
Kaushambi’s Basic Education Officer (BEO) Ashok Kumar Singh Yadav is among the ones who has issued instructions to officials and teachers after receiving the DM’s circular. “The idea is to ensure that these officials and employees have a dignified presence when they interact with general public. On many instances, we see teachers coming to schools in casual dresses and wearing slippers. This does not leave a good impression on the students. Therefore, I have instructed all the Assistant BEOs to ensure that officials and employees do not come to office or school in casual dresses.”
Speaking to The Indian Express, Kaushambi DM Anil Kumar Singh said: “Let me clarify that I am not advocating a dress code. I have only issued the circular to ensure that officials do not come to office in casual dresses as this does not leave a good impression on people. Besides, they are representing the government. People expect a certain level of dignity from officials. I have also asked them to ensure that their subordinates too do not come to work in casuals.”
When asked what prompted him to issue the circular, Singh said: “A couple of gazetted officers came to my office in jeans, colourful t-shirts and sandals. I felt that this did not present a dignified picture and decided to issue the circular.”
Singh, who was earlier posted in Rural Development Department in Lucknow Secretariat, recalled that he earlier persuaded some officials of the Section Officer-rank to stop wearing casuals to office. “One of them would come to office in kurta-pyjama. But, after I pointed it out, they appreciated my suggestions and henceforth came to office in formals,” he said.