Youngsters of today go gaga over branded and designer apparels, and the staff of Indian Railway seems to be upgrading themselves to keep up with the trend by introducing a new line of uniforms designed International Fashion Designer Ritu Beri for their staff.
Weird as it may sound, total five lakh railway employees who deal with passengers will be seen sporting their new uniforms from October 2. So far the list includes employees from the onboard staff, TTEs, station masters, guards, drivers and catering personnel.
Talking about fashion, white t-shirt with black borders have been proposed for the catering staff in trains; whereas TTEs, guards and drivers will get to don two types of half-fluorescent jackets. Half and full sleeve T-shirts in black and yellow combinations have been designed for the front office staff. Every uniform designed will be having the logo of Indian Railway embossed on it.
Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu in his 2016-17 budget address said,
"The uniforms of all customer-facing roles will be refurbished to clearly distinguish them on our network."
A senior Railway Ministry official said,
"The transformation journey of railways through new uniform designs reflects the renowned spirit of the organisation. The new uniform will also be given to the technical staff in workshops and production units."
He further added,
"We are examining the new designs of uniforms submitted by Ritu Beri and decision on final selection would be taken shortly."