Union Bank of India, one of the largest Public Sector Banks in India decided that it was a good idea to enforce a daily dress code on its employees, for Navratri. The nine-day Hindu festival dedicated to the nine incarnations of the Goddess is celebrated by the devout in different ways across the country. The fasting, feasting and celebrating varies according to region, as does the festive clothing.
However, it is perhaps for the first time that a government institution, that to a bank, had enforced a ‘Navratri Dress Code’ on its employees. Yet this is what the Union Bank Of India did and issued a circular asking all its employees to adhere to the prescribed dress code that assigned a colour for each day of Navratri. The employees were warned that they will have to pay a Rs 200 fine if they do not follow colour code. The circular, literally colour coded itself, went viral on messaging groups and was shared on social media too,
It came to the attention of Su Venkatesan MP Member of Parliament (Madurai Constituency), who then raised the issue. As soon as an uproar began. The Union Bank management withdrew the circular on Saturday. However, the MP has reportedly sought that action must also be taken against the person who issued this circular in violation of government rules.
நவராத்திரி குறித்த சுற்றறிக்கையை வாபஸ்பெற்றது யூனியன் வங்கி நிர்வாகம் .
தவறை முன்பே திருத்திக் கொண்டது போல் 7 ஆம் தேதி எனக் குறிப்பிட்டு இன்று மதியம் 2 மணிக்கு வெளியிட்டுள்ளது.
— Su Venkatesan MP (@SuVe4Madurai) October 9, 2021
After CPIM MP @SuVe4Madurai objecting the Navaratri dress code for the bank staffs by the #UnionBankofIndia, the Bank has now withdrawn the dress code circular. https://t.co/Wo7xDHMCRZ pic.twitter.com/pMtUreEMJa
— Mugilan Chandrakumar (@Mugilan__C) October 9, 2021
The bank has enthusiastically been posting about the different incarnations of the goddesses worshiped on different days. Though they are yet to explain why they issued the compulsory dress code on their employees, not all of whom may be celebrating the festival, or even have all the colour in their wardrobe they were being forced to wear!
माँ चंद्रघंटा से आशीर्वाद मांगे कि आपके जीवन में बुराई की हमेशा हार हो. साथ ही माँ कुष्मांडा से नए कार्य की शुभ शुरुआत होने की प्रार्थना करें. #Navratri2021 #UnionBankOfIndia #GoodPeopleToBankWith #FestiveSeason #AzadiKaAmritMahotsav pic.twitter.com/e96doPRqyo
— Union Bank of India (@UnionBankTweets) October 9, 2021
On the second day of Navratri, let us seek blessings of Maa Brahmacharini and pray for growth and success of one and all. Happy Navratri. #Navratri2021 #UnionBankOfIndia #GoodPeopleToBankWith #FestiveSeason pic.twitter.com/aTTM6fNgwX
— Union Bank of India (@UnionBankTweets) October 8, 2021