Fashion designer Ritu Beri, who was roped in by the Railway Ministry to design a new uniform for railwaymen, on Tuesday offered four themes based on Indian culture and ethos which can be used to come up with new clothing.
The idea behind the new uniform, the Ministry said, is to instill a sense of pride and belonging in railwaymen. The first option Beri gave is based on the ethos of India based on tribal art. The second option is based on rustic coins and currency of the ‘golden period’ of the country and the third is based on the legacy of nawabs. Inspired by the pop art, the final option has been classified as vibrant soul of India. It fuses everyday elements of culture, business, music and entertainment.
At a presentation made before Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu and the Railway Board, Beri suggested running a competition to seek feedback from citizens and staff on different options. Prabhu now plans to carry out consultations with stakeholders, including with the unions.
A committee will be set up to evaluate design, study different options, pricing and suitability, an official statement said.