In a tech-driven world where emails dominate the messaging needs of the people, a postman or a postwoman delivering mail is not a very common sight. However, there is a big change afoot in what you will see henceforth. Those still doing the rounds will now don Khadi outfits and that too from the coming month. The proposed move is inspired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s idea of switching to Khadi. Reportedly, the new khadi uniforms will be designed by professionals from the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT). Each of the 62,000 postmen and postwomen will be given two sets of their new outfits, along with sweaters for winter months. The total value of the order has been pegged at around Rs 31 crore, as per media reports.
Each postman/postwoman working for India Post gets an annual uniform allowance of Rs 5,000, and the same amount would be spent on making the two sets of clothes to be given to each of them. One can expect to get new outfits as early as February. As per media reports, the Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) has got a huge order to design and develop the new uniforms for the postmen and postwomen in the country.
As per the proposed move, the women will be given a pair of salwar kameez, designed with a chic look, while the men will be given shirts and trousers. The uniforms will all be made of khadi and are expected to be khaki-coloured. However, Indian Post is not the first government department to be getting khadi uniforms. Earlier, the cabin crew aboard Air India One, the official aircraft of the president and the prime minister, were also given orders to be dressed in khadi outfits. The female cabin crew wear khadi silk sarees, the male crew sports khadi silk jackets.
Going by the history, the much-loved postman has worn khaki since Independence, and although the uniform underwent a sea change, to blue, in 2004 to mark 150 years of the Indian Postal Service, it reverted to khaki six years later.