The new circular on ‘attire of public officers

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The circular was issued by the Public Administration Ministry Secretary M.M.P.K. Mayadunne emphasizes that it is the responsibility of all Heads should see that every individual should be dressed in an outfit, which ensures his/ her clear identification.

It states that the following provisions should be followed concerning the attire of public officers: When public officers arrive at their office premises during office hours, male officers should be dressed in trousers and a shirt or national dress whilst female officers should be dressed in a saree, Kandian saree (Osari) or any other appropriate and modest attire.

An officer should always be dressed in a manner that exposes the full face (except ears) and causes no hindrance to the provisions made with regard to public security.
The officers who are already receiving a uniform/ uniform allowance should engage in their duties dressed in his/her approved uniform. Ex: Persons who hold posts such as Driver, KKS, Grama Niladhari, etc.  The female officers in the public service should, during pregnancy, wear attire that is appropriate and convenient for them.  According to the circular, males should be dressed in trousers and shirts or national dress, whilst females should be dressed in sarees, Kandian (Osari) or any other appropriate and modest attire so as to preserve the dignity of the public service.

Public officers should be allowed to dress in appropriate and modest attire so as to preserve the dignity of the public service during their presence in their respective offices while performing duties. Further, it should be applicable for field duty as well.

The public officer should be dressed in the national dress or the prescribed attire within parliament, court, and special events such as national or international functions or conferences.

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