This festive season in October railways staff will be sporting designer uniforms by fashion designer Ritu Beri. The makeover for about 500,000 railway employees comprises on-board staff, TTEs, station masters, drivers, guards and catering personnel.
According to the report, the half and full sleeve T-shirts in black and yellow combinations with the railway logo embossed have been designed for the front office staff. Another set of T-shirts in white with black border has been created for the catering staff deployed in trains. Keeping TTEs, guards and drivers in mind two types of half-fluorescent jackets – yellow and green – are being designed.
“The uniforms of all customer-facing roles will be refurbished to clearly distinguish them on our network” said railway Minister Suresh Prabhu in his 2016-17 budget address.
Currently, railway staff including TTEs, station masters and guards wears uniforms which were designed long ago. The transformation journey of railways through new uniform designs reflects the renowned spirit of the organisation, said a senior Railway Ministry official. The new uniform will also be given to the technical staff in workshops and production units.
“We are examining the new designs of uniforms submitted by Ritu Beri and decision on final selection would be taken shortly,” he added. There could be some alterations and changes, if necessary, after the initial trial in some rail divisions.
The new design would be tried on a few Rajdhani and Shatabdi trains first as part of Project ‘Swarn’ and later on it would be extended to other services. It will also enhance travelling experience of passengers. Railways are planning to unveil the brand new look Rajdhani and Shatabdi trains with smartly dressed on-board staff on October 2.