Suresh Prabhu-led Ministry of Railways has come up with something interesting. In a nationwide poll, Ministry of Railways wants the ‘aam-aadmi’ to decide that, out of the four themes that designer Ritu Beri has submitted for railway staff uniforms, which one of them should be shortlisted as the uniform of the railway employees. Workers comprising front office staff, TTEs, guards, drivers and catering personnel will soon don new uniforms created by fashion designer Ritu Beri woven around the theme of Indian culture. In order to uplift the image of those serving Indian Railways, the designer presented four themes for the uniforms. The Railway Ministry wants the common man to vote by using hashtags before the theme and urges the people to help in making the final decision.
The themes are titled: Ethos of India, The Golden Period, The Legacy of the Nawabs and The Vibrant Soul of India. One of the designs submitted is based on tribal art, while another is inspired by rustic coins and currency of the ‘golden period’ of the country. A third is based on the legacy of nawabs, while the fourth is inspired by pop art, reflecting elements of culture, business, music and entertainment. Ritu Beri suggested that Indian Railways should run a competition to check feedback for each option, an idea that found resonance with Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu. He also wants that unions should be consulted before any decision on the final theme is taken.
According to reports, the new dress is expected to be ready for use by the year-end. A common uniform can be worn for ceremonial occasions like celebration of Railway Day, sporting events and prize distribution ceremonies.