BASTAR: Days after receiving a show-cause notice over wearing sunglasses while meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit to Chhattisgarh earlier this month, IAS officer Amit Kataria has responded to state's warning, defending himself on social networking sites and said the heat compelled him to wear shades and remove the bandhgala jacket.
While clarifying his position, Kataria sent WhatsApp messages to the group of senior IAS and IPS officers, saying "Bastar is very hot in May with temperature above 40 degrees, wearing bandhgala for hours while looking after arrangements is not practical. I was dressed in complete formal dress, blue shirt, black trousers, black leather shoes.” (Also Read: Chhattisgarh government issues notice to IAS Officer for wearing dark glasses while meeting PM Modi)
Meanwhile, the IAS association, defending the officer, said “No dress code rule is needed for civil services. It is difficult to wear formal dress in temperature above 40 degree Celsius.”
The Chhattisgarh government had issued a show-cause notice to the IAS Officer. But soon after, Chief Minister Raman Singh clarified the notice and said that it was just about a warning. It’s only to remind the officer that he needs to follow the protocol.