Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman today announced that recruitment examination for employment in the Regional rural banks (RRBs) will be conducted in regional languages apart from English and Hindi.
In a written reply to the Lok Sabha, Sitharaman explained that recruitment for Officers Scale-I and Office Assistants (multi-purpose) in Regional Rural Banks will be now be held in 13 regional languages.
The 13 regional languages are — Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Konkani, Malyalam, Manipuri, Marathi, Odiya, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu and Urdu.
Currently, there are 45 regional rural banks functioning in the country with a total staff strength of 90,000 employees. The Institute for Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) conducts Common Recruitment Process (CRP) for recruitment of officers in RRBs in English and Hindi across the country.
The aim is to provide a level playing field and to expand employment possibilities for local youths, Sitharaman wrote on Twitter.
The change shall be implemented from the mains examination of CRP RRB-VIII 8 in 2019 onwards.
The examination for Officer Scale 1 will be conducted on August 3, 4 and 11 and Office Assistant on August 17, 18 and 25.
The issue of conducting bank examinations in regional langugage was recently raised by G C Chandrasekhar of the Congress through a Zero Hour mention.
He said the Indian Banking Service examination and other recruitment tests should be held in Kannada language alongside English and Hindi for the convenience of local aspirants.
Responding to concerns raised by G C Chandrasekhar, Sitharaman said MPs from Lok Sabha too had met on the issue which relates to all states which have their own language.
"The matter is of serious concern," Nirmala Sitharaman said earlier.
(With inputs from PTI)