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K’taka relaxes dress code for its employees

Five days after it issued a circular laying out a dress code for its employees, the state government on Monday withdrew the 12 September circular and issued a revised one which did not specify what they should wear.

The earlier order prescribed sari or salwar kameez for women and shirt trousers or kurta pyjama for men. T-shirts, jeans and designer blouses had been banned.

Within few hours of chief minister Siddaramaiah saying he hadn’t seen the circular as he was in China and promising to look into it, the department of personnel and administrative reforms (administrative reforms) issued the fresh circular. All it said was: ‘Employees should wear a dress which is decent.’

On Monday afternoon, Siddaramaiah said, ‘This (dress code) was never the government’s initiative. The state government secretariat employees’ association gave a memorandum to impose a dress code among the employees. I’ll take a look at it.’ By evening, DPAR (AR) had revised the order.
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