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State-sector women may wear saree, osari or other “appropriate” garment

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An amendment to the 29 May circular on dress code for government employees states that women at the workplace may wear a saree, an osari (Kandyan saree) or any other garment deemed appropriate and does not conceal the employee’s face.

Male state-sector employees may wear shirt and trousers or a national suit, according to the amendment which was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers yesterday (25).

The Ministry of Public Administration had previously issued a circular which made it compulsory for female government employees to wear a saree or an osari to the workplace.