The Tamil Nadu Government has issued a GO asking its servants to go for formal wear at workplaces--trousers and full sleeved shirts for men and sari or salwar kameez or churidar for women with dupatta of sober colour.
The Government has made an amendment to the Secretariat Office Manual advising employees in the Secretariat to avoid casual dress in office.
Government servants should wear “neat, clean, formal attire that is appropriate to the workplace setting so as to maintain the decorum of the office while on duty,” stated a GO issued by the Chief Secretary.
While appearing before a court or tribunal or any other judicial body, a man officer should wear a full-sleeved shirt, buttoned-up or an open coat and trousers. He should invariably wear a tie and "the dress should be sober and subdued in colour and design.”
The amendment issued on May 28 removed the paragraph in the Secretariat Office Manual that gave Government servants the freedom to wear while on duty, whatever dress they like, “provided it is in conformity with the ideas of decency current in society.”
Office Assistants attached to Ministers and officers of the Secretariat while on duty should wear the ID card.
Peter Anthonysamy, president of the Tamil Nadu Secretariat Association (TANSA), said the changes have been made following several complaints made to the Government. He said: "We will abide by the rules.”