Take 5: ‘There is comfort in saris... no need for shoes either, I just wear flats’ ‘I wear my sari for 15-20 days, then get it dry-cleaned,’ says Constable Seema Sharma, 29, Public Facilitation Officer, Ashok Vihar Police Station, Delhi. (Express Photo by Gajendra Yadav)

Earlier this 12 months, khadi silk saris had been launched as uniforms for girls workers engaged on the desk at police stations. But final month, following a rise in the demand, the Delhi Police issued a round which acknowledged that every police station might be allotted solely 4 saris — two every for the 2 Public Facilitation Officers — for two years.

Do you want your new uniform?

Initially, I was sceptical. It takes a variety of time to wear a sari, and upkeep isn’t straightforward both. But after sporting it recurrently for the previous 4 months, I now really feel snug. I additionally just like the sari’s orange color. I don’t need to wear shoes now, I pair my sari with black ballerina flats. The sari uniform is additionally good throughout summer time.

Have you heard in regards to the new pointers?

Yes. I assume the saris are sturdy and may be simply worn for two years. I have 4 saris now. After two years, when the division allots me solely two saris, and one among them will get worn out, I can write an software and get a brand new one. They solely ask for the explanation and provides a brand new sari inside weeks.

Is it obligatory for you to wear the sari day-after-day?

Yes. I need to be in uniform for my shift from 9 am to five pm. My work entails assembly individuals, overseeing the tenant verification course of, directing beat officers to fulfill senior residents and many others. We have been instructed to wear the sari whereas performing all these duties.

How do you preserve the saris?

I want getting them dry-cleaned each 15-20 days. I may wash them, however they don’t dry in time. Whenever I take informal go away, I give one of many saris for cleansing and ironing. I can then wear it for one other two weeks. I have saved my saris in a special part of my wardrobe.

The round additionally says that PFOs shouldn’t be transferred earlier than their two-12 months time period ends, to make sure that additional saris aren’t given out.

If they don’t shift me to a different police station yearly, it’s going to assist me. I will get used to the schedule… I have labored in this district for 9 years. There’s a scarcity of girl workers in the realm. It can be greatest if I keep for two years and assist the complainants right here.

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