It is normal for a corporate company to enforce a dress code for its employees to be followed. This culture is to ensure that the decorum of the work place is maintained and also to project a specific image for the company in the eyes of all beholders. Now, a state government in India has passed a resolution for a formal dress code, making it a one of its kind in the entire nation, though a few other state governments have also requested their employees and officers to follow similar dress codes. The Maharashtra government has now imposed a strict dress code for all its employees, irrespective of them being permanent or contracted or temporary. The Maharashtra government has stated that employees of their state, whether they are on contract or otherwise, are their representatives and inappropriate attire could project a bad image of the government.

The dress code being implemented by the government states that its employees should no longer wear jeans, t-shirts and slippers to the work place. Also, wearing khadi clothes to work once a week, has been made compulsory. These are just some of the rules of a formal dress code, as announced by the Maharashtra government, for all its employees and officials, including contracted employees and consultants. Earlier this week, this announcement was made by the General Administration Department of the state government. The order reads, "It has been seen that a lot of officials and employees working in government offices, especially those on contract or those appointed as consultants do not wear clothes that are appropriate for a government employee during office hours. As a result, the image of government officials in the society takes a beating."

The government resolution, signed by the Principal Secretary also states, "If a government official’s dress code is inappropriate, shoddy or unclean then it also has an indirect effect on his or her overall work." Specific instructions for female employees state that they are expected to wear either sareer, chudidhars or salwar kameez, a dupatta or a formal trousers with either a formal shirt or a kurta. Male employees are expected to wear formal trousers and shirts with a huge NO to either gender wearing jeans. Also, t-shirts and dark coloured printed or embroidered clothes have also been banned. As for footwear, only formal shoes or sandals are allowed and slippers have been banned. In a move to encourage the use of Khadi, the government employees have been asked to wear khadi clothes to office, atleast once a week!