A public sector bank has been forced to withdraw a dress code circular for its employees for the Navratri celebrations after a strong protest by the bank workers’ union and censorship on social media.
A circular, titled “Navratri Celebration and Dress Code,” was issued by AR Raghavendra, Managing Director of the Digitization Department of the Union Bank Of India Central Office in Mumbai.
Imposing a dress code for all its workers for Navratri to be followed between October 7 and October 15, the circular also imposed a fine of Rs 200 if the rules were not followed.
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Posted on October 1, it also demanded a daily group photograph of all employees. The colors ranged from yellow, green, orange, white, royal blue, pink, purple, gray, red for the nine days of festivities, the bank said in its list of instructions. In plaid shirts, the base color will be taken into account, he added.
The employee federation claimed that issuing an “official instruction to celebrate a religious holiday in the office, set the dress code and impose a sentence is not a routine official business of the digitization department.”
The federation made the bank understand that the ordinance went against the spirit of secularism.
“Navratri is a religious holiday and should be observed and celebrated privately and unofficially in a public sector bank that holds a high esteem for a secular fabric of our society. The celebration of any holiday is a voluntary phenomenon that has no meaning. place for no instructions / coercion is far from talking about imposing any sanction, ”the Federation of Employees of All India Union Bank said in a letter to the Union Bank of India.
He added that this had “never happened in the 100-year history of the bank.”