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Improvements made in the Common Written Examination for recruitment in Regional Rural Banks(RRBs) for the posts of Office Assistants(Multipurpose), Officers Scale-I, II & III

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Government of India
Ministry of Finance
10-July-2015 20:31 IST
Improvements made in the Common Written Examination for recruitment in Regional Rural Banks(RRBs) for the posts of Office Assistants(Multipurpose), Officers Scale-I, II & III

The Common Written Examination for recruitment of Office Assistants (Multipurpose), Officers Scale-I, II & III in Regional Rural Banks (RRBs) is being conducted by Institute of Banking Personnel Selection(IBPS). Government was receiving various queries from the candidates/RRBs/NABARD regarding some shortcomings in recruitment process.  In this regard, the Government has made the following improvements for making the recruitment process smooth.

IBPS will now handle all direct recruitments for RRBs in different posts / scales including the conduct of interviews and issue of final result.So as to ensure fair selection process, the interview Boards have now been made independent of the Bank Management and would be decided by IBPS in consultation with NABARD.  The candidates will now indicate their choices for the RRBs, in order of preference based on proficiency in local language as prescribed by the concerned RRB at the time of application. The local language proficiency would be checked at the time of interview.  The upper age limit for Officers Scale-I has now been raised from 28 years to 30 years to make it in consonance with that for Public Sector Banks.

The above changes will facilitate the fair selection process, eliminate the possibility of multiple selection and also reduce the attrition rate in RRBs. This will enable those candidates to apply for the posts of Office Assistant and Officer Scale-I in RRBs, who have not studied the local language at 10th Standard but have proficiency in the local language. The candidates between the age group of 28 and 30 years will now be able to apply for the post of Officer Scale-I in RRBs.


Sub: Restriction on Issuance of Manual Refunds by Assessing Officers: Reg

F.No. DGIT(S)IDIT(S)-3/AST/Manual Refunds/85/2015-16 
All the Pr. Chief Commissioner of Income-tax / Chief Commissioner of Income Tax
All the Commissioner of Income-tax (CO)
Sub: Restriction on Issuance of Manual Refunds by Assessing Officers: Reg

Kindly refer to the above subject.

2. The functionalities for passing orders u/s 143(1)(a)/ 143(3)/ 154/ appeal effects/ penalty etc. exist on the system and, progressively, AOs are mostly issuing orders on the system from AY 2011-12 onwards. The CBDT has repeatedly instmcted that in all cases orders must be passed on the system. This has also been stressed in the Central Action Plan for each year. Further, all charges including LTUs and Central Charges are now covered by Refund Banker scheme. However, instances continue to come to the notice of the CBDT where the Assessing Officers have issued manual refunds even in cases which have been processed on AST.

3. In certain exceptional time-barring cases the CBDT has allowed processing of Returns of Income in Online TMS. The AST Instruction No. 135 dated 2oth March 2015 provides for processing of following categories of returns for A.Y. 2013-14 in Online TMS.

  • Category 1

Sr No -  Category of cases
I. - PAN under migration
II. - PAN is deleted in de-duplication process.
III. -  PAN is under de-duplication restoration.

  • Category 2:

S.No -  Category of cases
I - Invalid PAN mentioned in the return
II-  PAN is not available
III - Name in PAN database does not match with name in Return of Income
IV - Return with one PAN issued to two different entities OR someone filing a return quoting the PAN of original holder and this wrong return is processed first in AST/CPC/TMS , therefore the System will not allow processing of Return of original PAN holder.
V - Any other contingency in AST not allowing the processing of such return even with valid PAN.

4. As per the aforementioned instruction, refunds can be issued via refund voucher printing facility for Online TMS Category 1 cases only. Subsequent to the issue of refunds, the information regarding processing and refund issued, if any, needs to be integrated with AST. However, for the Online TMS Category 2 cases, refund via refund voucher printing facility or integration with AST is not possible, as the correct PAN details are not available.

5. Only in cases where the initial underlying order is passed outside the system, the subsequent orders cannot be passed in the AST system and therefore in such cases refund cannot be issued through Refund Banker. As discussed in para 2 above, from AY 2011-12 onwards, most orders u/s 143(1) and subsequent orders are already on AST system. 

6. It is therefore decided by the CBDT that henceforth no manual refund should be issued in a case which has been processed on AST. In cases referred to in paras 4 & 5 or in exceptional cases, manual refunds may be issued with the following safeguards:

i. It is mandatory for AO to take Approval by Range head for refunds upto Rs. 1 lakh and approval by ClT for refund above Rs. 1 lakh and record reasons as to why manual refund was necessary.

ii. Mandatory quoting of PAN, AY and Bank account number on the Cheque.

iii. No manual refund will be permitted if a prior manual refund for same PAN, AY and amount has already been encashed.

7. For control purposes, a separate lTD functionality/screen is being rolled out vide this instruction to capture important details for manual refunds (other than using print refund voucher functionality where details are already captured in the system) issued by the Assessing Officer(s). The Assessing Officer(s) are advised to mandatorily fill these details before issuance of any manual refund from the date of issue of this instruction. Range Heads are advised to ensure that the Assessing Officers duly fill all the details for such manual refunds as provided in the functionality before issuance of any such manual refund.
The path of this functionality is as under:

“ITD->AST->Others->Manual Refund Details”

For monitoring by supervisory officers, the data of refunds issued manually and entered by the Ao5 in this new screen will be matched with the data of such refunds encashed as per OLTAS database regularly to identify cases that have not been entered by AOs through MIS feature that will be launched shortly.

This process would continue till a separate functionality is developed in ITBA.

8. The CIT(COs) are requested to ensure that all the Assessing Officers are enabled under Refund Banker Scheme as per new Jurisdiction Order issued after restructuring w.e.f. 15.11.2014. It also needs to be ensured that the old jurisdictions are dis-continued immediately.

9. For any clarifications/ difficulties user is advised to lodge ticket with Helpdesk for resolution. Any queries on this issue can also be addressed to Shri Ashish Abrol, Addl.DlT(S) 3(1)

10. This issues with the approval of Chairperson, CBDT.

Yours faithfully,

(Ramesh Krishnamurthi)
Addl. DGIT(S)-3, New Delhi


76th Report of the Department Related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Personnel, Public Grievances, Law and Justice Recommendation regarding suo-motu disclosure under Section 4 of Right to Information Act, 2005.

Government of India
Ministry of Personnet, Public Grievances and Pensions
(Department of Personnel & Training)
North Block,
New Delhi, dated the 9th July,2015.

Subject: 76th Report of the Department Related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Personnel, Public Grievances, Law and Justice Recommendation regarding suo-motu disclosure under Section 4 of Right to Information Act, 2005.

Reference is invited to this Department's Office Memorandum No.1/6/2011-IR, dated the 15th April,2013 wherein all Ministries / Departments were advised to appoint a senior officer not below the rank of a Joint Secretary and not below the rank of Additional HoD in case of attached offices for ensuring compliance with the proactive disclosure guidelines. Subsequently, vide O.M.No.1/1/20-13~IR dated 21st October,2014, all Ministries / Departments were requested to take action to upload the replies to RTI applications and first appeals on their respective websites. in this context, the Department Related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Personnel, Public Grievances, Law and Justice has, in Para 4.40 of its 76th Report, inter-alia made the following observation / recommendations:

"The direction given by DoPT in their guidelines for  implementation of Section 4 of the RTI Act which required appointment of a Joint Secretary rank officer as the Nodal Officer should be followed in letter and spirit. The Committee feels that all Ministries/ Departments/ Organisations themselves must encourage suo-motu disclosure of relevant information. The Committee suggests the publishing of RTI requests and their replies on the websites of the Departments so that duplicity of requests is avoided. All Departments must make an analysis of information which is sought most often from applicants and provide it on their website as suo-motu disclosure.

2. The above mentioned recommendations of the Department Related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Personnel, Public Grievances, Law and Justice are hereby brought to the notice of all Ministries / Departments and Public Authorities for strict compliance. 

3. The contents of this O.M. may also be brought to the notice of Attached Subordinate Offices and Public Sector Undertakings for necessary compliance.

(Devesh Chaturvedi)
Joint Secretary to the Government of India



Central Organization, ECHS
Adjutant General’s Branch
Integrated Headquarters
Ministry of Defence (Army)
Maude Lines
Delhi Cantt-110010


07 Jul 2015


1. Refer Central Org ECHS letter No B/49701-PR/AG/ECHS/ dated 04 Aug 2004, vide which Medical Officers at ECHS Polyclinics were not authorized to issue medical certificates to ECHS beneficiaries.

2. Considering the inconvenience being faced by ECHS beneficiaries, it has been decided that the Medical Officers at ECHS Polyclinics are authorized to issue Medical Certificates to ECHS beneficiaries for following purposes:

(a) Advising bed rest due to any illness.
(b) Fitness certificate to resume duties after undergoing treatment.
(c) Fitness certificate for joining any school/college/private job.
(d) Fitness certificate for membership of swimming pool/ Gym.

3. The ECHS Polyclinics will lay down the timings for issue of such certificates as it should not hamper the treatment to ECHS beneficiaries.

(Mohan Singh)
Offg Dir Med


Grant of increment for those who have completed one year on the day of superannuation

Dated: July 6, 2015
The Secretary(Personnel),
Department of Personnel & Training,
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions,
North Block,
New Delhi-110001

Dear Sir,
Sub: Grant of increment for those who have completed one year on the day of superannuation

We solicit your kind reference to item No.14 of the 43rd Meeting of the National Council, demanding grant of one  increment in the case of those persons who complete one year on the day of their superannuation. The issue was discussed several occasions, but was not agreed upon by the Official Side. The Official Side took the stand that the completion of the stipulated one year being the day on which the official retires, he cannot be granted one increment for having completed one year only the next day and for doing so, one has to be on duty. The fact that the official has completed the requisite one year for earning an increment was unfortunately glossed over. The Staff Side was also told later that the case filed by one of the officials in the Central Administrative Tribunal against denial of increment was turned by the Court. No doubt, grant of increment in a deserving case is an executive decision and no court will be able to compel the Executive to exercise their powers in a particular manner. In fact, the Government ought to have appreciated the fact that the demand is on justified ground and the technicalities should not have come in the way to deny justice. 

We now send you a copy of the GO issued by the Government of Tamilnadu, granting one increment on the date of superannuation in the case of those personnel who have completed one year of service. In the light of the decision of the Government of India that the grant of increment can be resorted to even in the case of a person who has completed at least six months in order to bring in uniformity in the date of increment of all Government employees as per the recommendation of the 6th CPC, earlier stand of the Official Side is not at all tenable. Since there had been no meeting of the National Council for the past five years, this matter could not be pursued through discussions.

We request you to kindly consider the matter afresh, especially in the background of the GO. of the Government of Tamilnadu and issue orders to settle the justified demand. 

Yours faithfully,

(Shiva Gopal Mishra)
Secretary(Staff Side)

Encl: As above

Tamil Nadu Revised Scales of Pay Rules, .2009 - Grant of notional increment to Government Sen/ants who retires on superannuation on the preceding day of increment due date - Orders - Issued.

Dated: 31-12-2014.
Thiruvalluvar Aandu, 2045.
1. G.O.Ms.No.234,FINANCE (PC) Department, dated: 1-6-2009.
2. G.O.Ms.No.123,FINANCE (PC) Department, dated: 10-4-2012.


As per the provisions under Fundamental Rules 26 (a), the annual increments of the Government Servants are regulated in four quarters viz. 15th January, 15th April, 1st July and 1st October. However, there is no provision in the Fundamental Rules to sanction annual increments in the case of the Government Servants who have rendered one full year of service and retires on superannuation on the last date of completion of one year and their increment due date falls on the next day of superannuation. As such an anomalous situation arises in the case of those Government Servants who retires on the 31st March, 30th June, 30th September and 31st December, as the case may be, inspite of the fact that they haVe completed one full year of service which are countable for increment as per Fundamental Rules 26(a), (b), (bb), (c) and (d) as the case may be, and on the date 'of retirement.

2) The above issue was-brought to the notice of Pay Grievance Redressal Cell constituted in the Government Order second read above by several Employees Association for due rectification. The Pay Grievance Redressal Cell, among others, has recommended that “when date of increment of a Government Servant falls due on the day following superannuation on completion of one full year of service, such service may be considered for the benefit of a notional increment purely for the purpose of pensionary benefits and not for any other purpose. Such concession may be made applicable prospectively”.

3) After careful consideration, the Government have decided to accept the above recommendation of Pay Grievance Redressal Cell. Accordingly, the Government direct that a Government Servant whose increment falls due on the day following superannuation, on completion of one full year of service which are countable for increment under Fundamental Rules 26, be sanctioned with one notional increment at the rate as described under rule 6 of Tamil Nadu Revised Scales of Pay Rules, 2009, purely for the purpose of pensionery benefits and not for any other purpose. The above concession of sanction of notional increment shall take prospective effect from the date of issue of this order.

4) Necessary amendment to the Fundamental Rules shall be issued by Personnel and Administrative Reforms Department separately.

Source: Confederation

SC gives Centre 6 more weeks to implement OROP - The court will hear the case next on August 24.

SC gives Centre 6 more weeks to implement OROP - The court will hear the case next on August 24.

The Supreme Court has given the Centre six more weeks to comply with its 2008 judgment ordering the implementation of the One Rank-One Pension (OROP) principle for retired armed forces personnel.

On Wednesday, a bench led by Justice T S Thakur posted the matter after six weeks on a request made by Additional Solicitor General Pinky Anand, who asked for some more time to enable the government to do the needful.

This may be the final opportunity for the government to ward off initiation of a possible contempt proceeding over its failure to comply with the seven-year-old judgment.

On February 16, the court had reminded the NDA government of its promise to implement OROP in the run-up to the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. “This was part of your manifesto for the Lok Sabha elections. You must keep your word,” the bench had observed while hearing a contempt petition, filed by retired Major General S P S Vains.

Vains has dragged the Defence Ministry to the court, demanding immediate implementation of the OROP scheme.

While posting the matter after three months, the bench had in February said: “We make it clear that no further time will be granted for the purpose of implementation of the impugned judgment.” However, on Wednesday, the bench accorded yet another opportunity to the government after the ASG said modalities of the implementation of the OROP were being devised. The court will hear the case next on August 24.

Read at: Indian Express