Angling will soon be a sport of uniformity.
Jamshedpur Angling Club (JAC) has decided to introduce a dress code for its 20-odd members who go fishing at three water bodies — Jayanti Sarovar, Beldih Lake and the one at Bara — across the steel city.
Club secretary Geoffrey Bonjour told The Telegraph that it was necessary to introduce dress code among the members, as they want them to look smart and decent.
“We know it’s a daunting task as a wide section of our members hail from humble financial backgrounds and they are least bothered about their dress. But, when you find anglers in lungis, banians, gamchchas and shorts, it paints an utterly bad picture. Sometimes, some of the anglers even turn up shirt-less,” he added.
Divulging details of the dress code, Bonjour said that efforts were on to make members wear shirts and trousers while fishing.
“In fact, we may make this mandatory. If so, members defying the dress code will be reprimanded. We may also terminate their membership if they continue to defy the rules. But a decision in this regard is yet to be taken,” he added.
The club secretary said that they were yet to decide on the colour, “but it would definitely be casuals,” said Bonjour.
The club, which was established in 1947, has already launched a drive to spread awareness among its members on being dressed decently.
It has asked the members not to come shabbily dressed and not bring tattered jholas to carry home their prize catch.
Apart from this one-to-one campaigning, the club functionaries are also planning to host a seminar on this in near future.
Besides, the club has doubled its annual membership fee to Rs 10,000. “Earlier it was Rs 5,000. We introduced this hike, as we only want limited and interested people. We want our members to take angling seriously,” said Bonjour.