Fazilka DC’s dress-code for employees – HC lawyer asks CS to order withdrawl of ‘Talibani Order’

Chandigarh, July 27, 2019 (Yes Punjab News)

Taking strong exception to Fazilka Deputy Commissioner’s order issuing a dress-code for both its male and female employees, HC Arora, a High Court lawyer has shot off a letter to Punjab Chief Secretary Karan Avtar Singh, asking him to withdraw the ‘Talibani Order’ issued by the IAS officer.

Arora, in his letter, has referred to Fazilka DC Manpreet Singh Chhatwal’s order dated 26 July, 2019 wherein he had directed the male government staff of the district not to come to office wearing T-Shirts and also directed the female staff to always come clad with a ‘Dupatta’ during office-hours.

Terming the order as a ‘shock’ for democratic values, Arora said the DC must realize that a woman staff without dupatta on her head and a male employee sporting a T-Shirt does not look obscene. “Men staff with a T-Shirt and women staff without a dupatta do not violate any Conduct Rules, as there were no such Conduct Rules in the State,” Arora said.

Arora has urged Chief Secretary to apprise DC Fazilka that a Head of Department was like a father for entire staff and he should not behave like a father-in-law, by imposing dress code based on very conservative and out-dated perceptions.

Arora has asked the Chief Secretary to impress upon the Deputy Commissioner to withdraw his Talibani order.

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