Parliament staff will don new uniforms as they move to the new Parliament building next week for the special session. The uniform will have an ‘Indian’ touch as it includes ‘Nehru jackets’ and khaki-colored pants, among other changes.
While the session starts on September 18, there will be a formal entry into the new Parliament building on September 19 on the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi after a small ‘pooja’.
The uniform has been created by the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT). The bureaucrats’ bandhgala suit will be replaced with a magenta or deep pink Nehru jacket. Their shirts will also be in a deep pink color with a lotus flower design. The employees will don khaki-colored pants.
The dress of the marshals in both houses has also been changed. They will wear Manipuri turbans.
The attire of the security personnel at the Parliament building will also be changed.
Instead of safari suits, they will be given camouflage dresses, similar to the military.
Parliament’s special session, set to commence on September 18, will begin in the old building and will later shift to the new building a day later on the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi. The new Parliament building was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on May 28 this year.
The session will have five sittings and members will be informed about the provisional calendar separately, the the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha.
The “special session” of Parliament, from September 18 to 22, was announced on August 31 by Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi, who kept the agenda for it under wraps, triggering speculation.