Gazetted Officer (India)
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Gazetted Officer is a higher level ranked public servant. Authority for a gazetted officer to issue an official stamp comes from the President of India or Governors of states or union territories. The Gazette of India is published on regular basis by the Department of Publication, Ministry of Urban Development. It is an official central government or state government publication (also called "Gazette") which publishes the appointment or promotions of certain government officials. An officer or public servant, who is appointed under the seal of the Governor of the concerned state or by the President of India at national level, requires being listed in the Indian Gazette or State Government Gazette to be considered a Gazetted Officer. If a person's name is published in the Gazette, he/she is called Gazetted. Many are honorary Justices of the Peace and have the same standing as some of the Magistrates. Such officers, among other functions, have the power to verify the documents for academic, immigration and other purposes. The Government of India or the Government of States in India classifies public officials into Group A, B(Gazetted), B(Non-Gazetted), C and D. Earlier classification was Class I, II(Gazetted), II(Non-Gazetted), III and IV. Class A or Grade I is the highest rank class and the Class D or Grade IV is the least. The Government of India has plans to merge Group IV or D into Group III or C. Grade I and II(Gazetted) belong to the class of officers whose transfer, appointment, promotion and superannuation is published on a yearly basis in the official gazette of state or central government. These officials belong to the managerial or highly educated class of government servants.
- Class I or Group A (Gazetted)
- Example - Officers of the Armed Forces ,Central and State Governments Employees with Group A service rules (IAS, IPS, IFS, IRS etc.), Patent Examiner, Scientists (in government funded research organizations), Vice-Chancellor to Assistant Registrars, Principals and Faculty members of Central and State Universities, Doctors , Engineers and Drug Controller(central and state services), Magistrate and above in judicial services.
- Class II or Group B (Gazetted)
- Example - Doctors (state govt service), Drugs Inspector (state govt service), SDO, BDO, Secretary grama panchayat in kerala, Circle inspector, Tahsildars etc. in State Administration, Principal of Government Schools, Income Tax and Revenue Officers, Senior and (AAO) Assistant Audit/Accounts Officers of (IA&AD) (CAG) Indian P&T Accounts and Finance Services and Section Officers etc.
- Class II or Group B (Non-Gazetted)
- Example - Office Assistants, Senior Stenographer, Government School Teachers, Police Inspectors/Sub-Inspectors and Foreman,Central Excise and Custom Inspector, Junior Pharmacist and Junior Engineers etc.
- Class III or Group C - Public servants in non-supervisory/non-administrative roles.
- Example - Head clerks, Clerks, Assistants, Typist, Stenographer, Tax Assistants, Telephone operator etc.
- Class IV or Group D- Manual workers (skilled or semi-skilled)
- Example - Peon, attender, gardener, driver etc.
Who can certify documents
Attestation of copies of original documents : Class I and Class II (Gazetted) public servants.
Character certificate : Police records verification and gazetted officers.
Citizenship certification : Citizenship certification is limited to very few officials such as Sub-Divisional Magistrates.
Government/public servants who are in category II and are not in possession of any significant administrative position are categorized as Non-Gazetted people. Also, personnels falling under the category of Class III and IV are not gazetted.
Further, people serving in Public sector undertakings and Nationalized banks (in whatever capacity) are not gazetted.
- "DoP - Gazette". Department of Publication. Retrieved 23 September 2013.