The state government has made a modification to the Secretariat Office Manual guiding employees in the Secretariat to keep away from casual wear as on duty. Government employees are required to wear “neat, clean formal attire that is appropriate to the workplace setting so as to maintain the decorum of the office while on duty”, said G.O. passed by the Chief Secretary.
The G.O. stated that “Casual attire shall be avoided” while appearing before a court or tribunal or any other judicial body, a male officer must wear full-sleeved short buttoned-up coat and trousers and if he prefers, an open coat. “He should invariably put on a tie and the dress should be sober and subdued color and design.”
While for a women officer, she must wear a sari or salwar kameez or churidar of a sober color.
The amendment made on May 28 removed a paragraph in the Secretary Office Manual that reads, “Government servants are not bound by any restrictions in the matter of dress and are at perfect liberty to wear, while on duty, whatever dress they like, provided it is in conformity with the ideas of decency current in society”.
Office Assistants allocated to Ministers and officers of the Secretary are to use items of identification supplied to them as on duty.
S. Peter Anthonysamy, president, Tamil Nadu Secretariat Association (TANSA), stated following various complaints the government made these modifications. “Government staff could dress in line with the culture of the State. We will abide by the rules.”