GuwahatiMay 6– State government employees across the state were witnessed wearing 'dhoti-kurta' and 'mekhela-chador' on the first Saturday today after the state government advocated voluntary 'traditional' dress code for staff.
The state government had proposed for the dress code on the first and third Saturdays of every month.
The idea grew after several officials, particularly chief secretary V K Pipersenia, wore traditional dresses during Civil Services Day celebration, an event attended by chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal, on April 21.
PK Borthakur, principal secretary (personnel), then wrote a letter to PK Tiwari, principal secretary (general administration), "to formulate a suitable proposal" in this regard.
"It appears that coming in traditional dresses also induced feelings of enthusiasm and spirit among the officers," Borthakur wrote.
However, the proposal was not been welcomed by Sadou Asom Karmachari Parishad stating that it will create differences between employees who belong to diverse communities and tribes.