IPH asks Muslim employees to follow Islamic dress code
Published : Thursday, 29 October, 2020 at 6:50 PM Count : 179
The Institute of Public Health (IPH) under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has issued a notice on Wednesday making it mandatory for its Muslim employees to follow the Islamic dress code, and for all the employees to keep their mobile phones switched off or silent during the office hours.
The IPH at Mohakhali under the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), issued the notice, signed by IPH Director Dr Muhammad Abdur Rahim, on Wednesday.
The notice asked male officials and staffers to wear trousers over their ankles, and female employees to wear clothes covering their ankles and also wearing hijab.
When asked why he authorized such a direction, Dr Abdur Rahim said that he did so out of his religious commitment.
"I have just made the order for my office employees. This is a Muslim country. If such a dress code is maintained in my office and country, it will make me happy," he said. However, the IPH director admitted that the government did not direct him to issue such a notice.
"The government did not direct me to issue this notice. I issued the notice for my colleagues so that they follow (religious) rules and regulations. I want them to be disciplined and peaceful," he argued.
He defended his decision saying: "I'm a government officer. Hence, I'll run my office as I see fit."
The ministry's Health Services Division has asked Dr Muhammad Abdur Rahim to explain his decision.
In a letter issued on Thursday, Health Services Division Deputy Secretary Sharmin Akhtar Jahan asked the IPH director to clairfy, within three work days, with which authority's approval did he give such an instruction.
A former IPH director, preferring anonymity, said the decision to keep mobile phones turned off or silent at work is not logical.
"Using phones is like inhaling oxygen these days. We need to use phones in office so that our communication gets easier," he said, without making any comments on the religious obligations mentioned in the notice.
The notice has been making rounds on the internet, garnering criticism from netizens.