Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar and parliamentary staff in new uniforms on Tuesday
As members of Parliament
took a stroll from the old seat of Indian democracy to the new, parliamentary staff were seen donning their new uniforms. The new uniforms are part of a comprehensive rejig as India shifting parliaments. Early morning Tuesday, security staff at the new Parliament building reported to work in new uniforms. Security officers from the Parliament Security Service (Operations) deployed will now don army camouflage fatigues. Staff members who do legislative work have been assigned cream jackets, cream shirts and pink lotus printed on them and khaki trousers. The uniform is the same for staff of both Houses.
The new uniforms have been designed by National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT). The uniforms are gender neutral. Chamber attendants, officers, security personnel, drivers and marshals will don new uniforms.
On Tuesday, the Lok Sabha
secretariat issued a notification designating the new Parliament building the Parliament of India
. The old Parliament is no longer the new Parliament.
"The Speaker, Lok Sabha is pleased to notify the new building of Parliament situated in the precincts of the Parliament House
on Plot Number
118, New Delhi, east of the existing Parliament House with Raisina road to the south and Red Cross road to the north, to be, hereon, designated as the Parliament House of India," said the notification.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi
, making an address during a function at the old Parliament before MPs moved to the new one, suggested that the old Parliament may be named Samvidhan Bhavan
(Constitution House). For PM Modi, calling the old Parliament Samvidhan Bhavan would be a way to honour the Constituent Assembly that developed the Indian Constitution.