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Sartorial makeover



A Junior Health Inspector of the City Corporation on duty. Photo: S. Mahinsha

Health officials in the City Corporation are dressed in uniform these days. The Department of Local Self Government issued a dress code last month. The sartorial code has not been enforced in the past. If at all the Health Supervisors and Inspectors turned up in their uniforms, it was only for in-house meetings and functions. Despite repeated directives making the dress code mandatory, the officials have shied away from using their uniforms, preferring to do the field work in civil dress.

They were too embarrassed to don the uniform that came with a thick belt worn over a khaki shirt with four big pockets in front. Once the belt is tightened, the lower end of the shirt would billow out like a frock, giving the wearer an ungainly appearance.

With the new order, the Health Supervisors and Inspectors can now don their khaki shirts tucked into the trousers, with shoulder straps and stars signifying their rank. A peak cap completes the attire. The officials feel that the uniform has given them an image makeover, imparting them with a sense of power and authority, especially when carrying out raids against violations of municipal laws.

The entire corporation workforce has also been supplied with identity cards to be worn around the neck.

T. Nandakumar

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