Govt agencies looking for uniforms for ‘protection’

Muktadir Rashid | Published: 00:12, Jul 21,2018

 
 

Different government agencies are now looking for uniforms for their security while discharging their duties.
Department of Narcotics Control has referred to the government a draft seeking amendment to the rules to make mandatory the use of uniforms of all of its officials, said its spokesperson assistant director (north) Khorshid Alam.
Under the existing dress rules, department staff ranging from sepoy to superintendent use khaki uniforms both at office and in operation.
The Department of Immigration and Passports also recently introduced ‘semi-uniforms’­– white shirt with navy-blue sleeveless jacket – for the office duty while its director general Major General Md Masud Rezwan and few of officials from army used their army uniform.
All officials of the department except military officials on deputation were seen in the uniforms at a contract signing ceremony in Dhaka on Thursday.
At least one year and a half ago, the Anti-Corruption Commission started using similar dress – white shirt with blue sleeveless jacket – and they continued using the uniforms during raids.
The National Board of Revenue has decided to introduce new blue uniform instead of existing white shirt and blue sleeveless jacket for all officials of customs department, stating that the customs officials use uniforms worldwide like other enforcement agencies.
The then revenue board chairman Md Nojibur Rahman made the announcement in an internal meeting at Officers Club in Dhaka in October 2017.
Revenue board officials said that the issuance of an order on the uniforms was awaiting recommendations from the Chittagong Customs House commissioner AKM Md Nuruzzaman on ranks and badges.
Initially the board has chosen blue uniform which apparently looks like uniforms used by district police or personnel in police ranges, the officials said.
They said that old white uniforms were hardly used by the officials although staff members up to the ranks of assistant commissioner of customs were asked to use the uniforms.
The new uniforms would be made mandatory for officials ranging from constable to commissioner and director general.
A number of customs officials said that they were happy to wear the uniforms as people would then respect and treat them with difference.
‘Without uniforms, we have to face many awkward situations and even, our officials in Comilla and other places came under attack due to lack of uniforms,’ said a mid-ranking customs official.
Another assistant commissioner said that they had to face trouble in the regional and international forums of customs especially during any talks.
Like Customs officials, a senior official at the Directorate of Passports and Immigration said that they also felt secured discharging duty in uniforms.
Prison Directorate in January 2015 made mandatory the use of bottle-green uniforms for every official including the inspector general of prisons.

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