What's funny is that the Circular itself has been released in English only and RBI's so-called हिंदी वेबसाइट/Hindi website is, to put it politely, completely incomprehensible (see the snapshot below). Not that situation is any different on any other Bharatiya Government website exception being Bharat's and Gujarat's best Chief Minister Mr. Narendra Modi's website which is not only in Hindi, Gujarati, Marathi and English but its the ONLY up-to-date Government website in the world which is also in संस्कृत/Samskrtam/Sanskrit.
What I didn't like in the Circular was point 43.e) "Only International form of numerals (1,2,3,4 ….) should be used in the application forms and other literature which are printed in Hindi.". What they are saying is don't use १, २, ३, ४... Why? If you are fine with even the minute details to be written in देवनागरी लिपि/Devnagri Lipi (Script) then what's the problem in writing numerals in Devnagri Lipi? What's ridiculous is that the Circular is using Roman numerals (i, ii, iii, iv....), a foreign numeral system, in its bullet points while discerningly discouraging others from using the Devenagri numerals, a national homegrown oldest known numeral system in the world. The numeral system from where the English numerals and other numerals forms evolved or originated out off. Arabic numerals is of course a shameful wrongly credited misnomer. Another example of self-demeaning Bharatvaasi (misnomer: Indians).
Anyways, I am very happy that RBI has issued this circular. Better late than never. How much of it will be followed and implemented? We'll have to wait and see. And that's a long wait my friends....you know how bureaucracy works! It doesn't. ;-)
The Official Circular can be read here: "Use of Hindi in Public Sector Banks".
Properly formatted PDF of the same is available here.
Following is an excerpt from the Notification with the list of contents:
DBOD No. Rajbhasha BC. 4 /06.11.04/2009-10
July 1, 2009
9th Ashadha 1931 (S)
Chairman & Managing Director
All Public Sector Banks
Master Circular - Use of Hindi in Banks
Please refer to our Master Circular DBOD No.Rajbhasha.BC.13/06.11.04/ 2008-09 dated July 1, 2008 on the captioned subject. The Master Circular has been suitably updated by incorporating instructions issued up to June 30, 2009 and has also been placed on the RBI web-site (http://www.rbi.org.in).
Chief General Manager
4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 a) Providing statement of accounts to the account holders in Hindi by the computerised branches 40 41 42
Work in Hindi on Computers
I) Consolidated guidelines on work in Hindi on computers
II) Bilingual Data Processing Software/Core Banking Solutions
III) Internal standing working group
IV) Use of only bilingual electronic equipments
V) Orders of the President of India on the recommendations made by the Parliamentary Committee on Official Language in the 8th volume of its Report