In a recent directive issued by the Bihar education department, employees and officials are not allowed to wear jeans and t-shirt to work. The director of the department, Subodh Kumar Choudhary, mandated that employees must adhere to a dress code in line with the terms of their appointment.
The directive highlighted concerns regarding employees not dressing appropriately, which goes against the established rules. As a result, all employees have been instructed to strictly comply with dress code regulations and refrain from wearing jeans and t-shirts under any circumstances.
Moreover, the circular explicitly states that entry into the office premises while wearing jeans and T-shirts is prohibited.
As mentioned in the directive, employees are required to wear appropriate and clean clothing, suggesting formal attires for both male and female employees. As per guidelines, women employees can come to work wearing formal attire such as sarees, salwar kurtas, trousers and shirts, along with a scarf or dupatta if necessary. Male employees, on the other hand, are expected to wear t-shirts or shirts with trousers.
Furthermore, the guidelines emphasise avoiding dark-coloured or flashy clothes with embroidery and prints that distract. Additionally, men are required to wear shoes or sandals.
The directive is said to be issued in response to the Uttarakhand government’s recent directive on issuing orders concerning the wearing of jeans and t-shirts to work. The Uttarakhand government has implemented a ‘ban’ on jeans and t-shirts for all government employees in their respective offices.
During a meeting led by Vineet Kumar, the district magistrate of Bageshwar, it was decided that employees in government offices should refrain from wearing any casual attire. This decision aims to promote a more formal dress code among government employees.
Similar orders have been previously implemented by various state governments in India, including Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan, Karnataka, and Himachal Pradesh.