As the Rajya Sabha commenced its landmark 250th session, the Members of the House were in for a surprise. The two marshals, standing next to the presiding officer of the House, who also assist in organising the desk and bringing up order papers were seen wearing a very different costume from previous years.This came under intense criticism from various opposition leaders including Jairam Ramesh and Digvijaya Singh.
Hon Chairman Rajya Sabha must take Notice of the very valid objection of Defence Services. I have not understood the reason for this change. What was wrong with the earlier Uniform of Marshals in Rajya Sabha? https://t.co/XGgGxUAwOc— digvijaya singh (@digvijaya_28) November 19, 2019
The marshals were seen wearing a military-style uniforms. It was a navy blue-coloured uniform with a peak cap, military-like stripes and stars on the shoulders with a golden tassel attached on one side.This was a complete departure from the earlier costume. For many decades, the marshals wore safari suits during the summer sessions and white Bandgala attire with a turban during the winter sessions. It has been speculated that the old uniform was replaced as some perceived it to be a relic of India’s colonial past. Also, reports suggest that the marshals needed a new attire to accord them a distinct identity from the other members of the staff.
M Venkaiah Naidu, the Chairman of the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday ordered a review of the new uniform of the marshals in the Upper House. During the proceedings of the House, Naidu stated that the Rajya Sabha secretariat had come out with the new dress code for the marshals after taking various suggestions into account. However, he noted that the new attire had received adverse reactions from various sections of society.
Rajya Sabha Chairman: Secretariat of the Rajya Sabha after considering various suggestions came out with a new dress code for the marshals. But we've received some observations by some political as well as well-meaning people. I've decided to ask Secretariat to revisit the same pic.twitter.com/bOf0W7PHwM— ANI (@ANI) November 19, 2019