Punjab Deputy Commissioner makes ‘Dupatta’ compulsory for Women Staff, bans T-Shirts for Men

Fazilka, July 27, 2019 (Yes Punjab News)

Deputy Commissioner of a border district in Punjab has issued orders asking women government staff in the district not to attend office without wearing a ‘Dupatta’. He has also banned male staff from wearing T-Shirts in the office.

The orders issued by Fazilka Deputy Commissioner, Manpreet Singh Chhatwal, IAS on Friday July 26, 2019 are all set to be implemented from Monday, 29, 2019, the next working day.

The orders issued in Punjabi say that the Deputy Commissioner has noted that some members of the staff come to the office in T-Shirts while some of the women staff come to the office without ‘Dupattas.’

The staff has been directed that none from male staff would come wearing T-Shirts and no women staff member would attend office without sporting a ‘Dupatta’. “If an employee is found violating the orders, disciplinary action would be taken against him,” the DC has warned.

The order of the Deputy Commissioner has stirrup a hornets’ nest. While most of the staff members are skeptical about the validity and implementation of orders, a debate has begun in social, political and bureaucratic circles whether the Congress government headed by Capt-Amarinder Singh would approve of such a move as the approval and implementation of such orders could set a precedent and some other DCs in various districts may follow suit and issue identical orders.

Interestingly, some of the men officers including IAS and the PCS, themselves attend their offices in T-Shirts while some women officers do attend their office without carrying ‘Dupattas’.

We are hereunder producing the copy of the orders passed by the Deputy Commissioner.

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