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Right to Information for Citizens of India

Right to Information

 

Right to Information Act, 2005 (https://rti.gov.in/rti-act.pdf) 

 

Contact details of officers for addressing applications under Right to Information Act, 2005:-

 

Central Public Information Officer

Appellate Authority

Ms. Suman Sonkar
First Secretary
Tel.  4425 5708
Fax. 44670448
E-mail: hoc.doha@mea.gov.in

Smt. T. Angeline Premalatha

Counsellor
Tel.  4425 5704
Fax. 44670448
E-mail: dcm.doha@mea.gov.in

RIGHT TO INFORMATION

The Right to Information under the provisions of the RTI Act is available to the citizens of India only.  RTI Act is an important legislation designed to promote transparency and accountability in the functioning of public authorities.

The full text of the RTI Act is available on the website: RTI-Act.pdf.

The RTI Act also provides for appeals by aggrieved persons to the Central Information Commission of the Government of India.

Indian citizens resident in Qatar may seek information in writing on payment of requisite fee during office hours on working days as per procedure laid down in the RTI Act, 2005.

Applications seeking information under the Act may be sent along with a fee in Qatari Rial equivalent to INR 10/- (Indian Rupee ten only) in cheque or demand draft favoring Embassy of India, Doha.

It may be noted that information provided under the Act is available to citizens of India only. Applications should be submitted along with documentary proof of Indian Citizenship (like copy of personal particulars pages of passport). More information is available at http://rti.gov.in. The mailing address is Embassy of India, Villa No 86 & 90, Street No. 941, Al Eithra Street, Zone 63, Onaiza.

It may also be pointed out that as per section 6(1) (a) of the RTI Act, 2005, a person who desires to obtain information under the Act is required to submit the application to the Information Officer of the “concerned public authority”. Applicants are, therefore, advised to send their requests under the RTI Act to the Embassy only when the subject matter can reasonably be presumed to pertain to the Embassy. While section 6 (3) provides for the transfer of an application by a receiving PIO to another [concerned] PIO, this is clearly meant to cover situations where the application is addressed to a PIO on the assumption that it has been directed to the concerned PIO. Where the information required obviously does not pertain to the Embassy, the application may be addressed to the concerned PIO directly.


Payment of RTI fee online - Electronic Indian Postal Order (eIPO)

The scheme of Electronic Indian Postal Order (eIPO) has been launched by the Department of Posts, Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, in association with Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT). This would enable the Indian citizens abroad to pay the RTI fee online.

An Indian Postal Order can be purchased electronically by paying a fee on-line through e-Post Office Portal or through India Post website. The web-links for payment are:

www.indiapost.gov.in

www.epostoffice.gov.in

The Credit Card or Debit Card of any bank powered by Visa/ Master can be used for this purpose.

 

Procedure

The RTI applicant is required to register on the website to create his/ her profile. Then he has to select the Ministry/ Department from whom he desires to seek information under the RTI Act. The eIPO is generated which can be used to seek information from that Ministry/ Department only. A printout of the eIPO is required to be attached with the RTI application sent in hard copy.  In case RTI application is filed electronically, the eIPO is enclosed as an attachment.  The profile is required to be created during the first time only.

The RTI application accompanied by an eIPO is similar in all respects to the RTI application accompanied by fees through any other approved mode. All the provisions regarding eligibility, time limit, exemptions etc; as provided in the RTI Act, 2005 continue to apply.

Currently, this facility is available only for Indian Citizens living anywhere other than in India. By this measure, those living abroad would be facilitated to seek information under the RTI Act, 2005. It is hoped that in future, this facility would be extended to all citizens within the country too. Any public authority which accepts a postal order should also accept an eIPO.

 

Extension of IPO Facility to Indians citizens residing in India 

The Department of Posts has extended the “eIPO” (electronic Indian Postal Order) service to Indian citizens residing in India also w.e.f. 13.02.2014, for purchasing Indian Postal Order electronically by paying a fee online through e-Post Office Portal i.e. www.epostoffice.gov.in. It can also be accessed through India Post website www.indiapost.gov.in

This facility has been provided for Indian citizens to facilitate them to seek information from the Central Public information Officers (CPIOs) under the RTI Act, 2005. Debit or Credit Cards of any Bank powered by Visa/ Master can be used to purchase e-IPO.

The user needs to get registered at the website. He has to select the Ministry/ Department from whom he desires to seek the information under the RTI Act and the eIPO so generated can be used to seek the information from that Ministry/Department only. A printout of the eIPO is required to be attached with the RTI application. If the RTI application is being filed electronically, eIPO is required to be attached as an attachment.

This facility is only for purchasing an Indian Postal Order electronically. All the requirements for filling an RTI application as well as other provisions regarding eligibility, time limit, exemptions etc. will continue to apply.

An eIPO so generated must be used only once with an RTI application.

 

INFORMATION ABOUT THE EMBASSY OF INDIA, DOHA

AS REQUIRED UNDER SECTION 4 (1) (B) OF THE  RTI ACT, 2005

 


(i)

The particulars of its organization, functions and duties;

Embassy of India in Doha is headed by the Ambassador and has the following Wings:

(i) Political Wing (ii) Labour & Community Welfare Wing (iii) Consular & Community Affairs Wing (iv) Defence Wing (v) Information Wing (vi) Education Wing (vii) Commerce Wing (viii) Administration Wing. Each Wing is headed by a Counsellor /First Secretary/Second Secretary rank officer.

 
The functions of the Embassy inter alia, include:

(i) political and economic cooperation, (ii) trade and investment promotion, (iii) cultural interaction, (iv) rendering of passport, visa and consular services to the Indian community (v) Welfare of Indian workers and helping Indians in distress and (vi) Press and media liaison.

 

The Embassy functions within the purview of business allocated to the Ministry of External Affairs under the Government of India’s Allocation of Business Rules and Transaction of Business Rules.

(ii)

The powers and duties of its officers and employees;

General Administrative powers are derived from IFS (PLCA) Rules, as amended from time to time.
Financial powers of the Officers of the Embassy of India have been detailed in the Delegated Financial powers of the Government of India’s Representatives Abroad.
Other powers are derived from the Passport Act of India and the rules made under it from time to time.
The Officers of the Embassy function under the guidance and supervision of the Ambassador.

(iii)

The procedure followed in the decision making process, including channels of

Supervision and

accountability;

Decisions are taken under the instruction and supervision of the Ambassador.

(iv)

The norms set by it for the discharge of its functions;

Norms are set under the instruction and supervision of the Ambassador.

(v)

The rules, regulations, instructions, manuals and records, held by it or under its control or used by its employees for discharging its functions;

IFS (PLCA) Rules as amended from time to time, Delegated Financial Powers of Government of India’s Representatives abroad

 

Passport Act, Visa Manual,
Manual on Office Procedures,


Other Central Government Rules and manuals published by the Central Government.

(vi)

A statement of the categories of documents that are held by it or under its control;

Classified documents/files relating to India’s external relations, unclassified documents/files including joint statements, declarations, agreements and MoUs. Passport and consular services application forms.

(vii)

The particulars of any arrangement that exists for consultation with, or representation by, the members of the public in relation to the formulation of its policy or implementation thereof;

Embassy of India functions within the norms of India’s foreign policy formulated by the Ministry of External Affairs. Policy is implemented by the Embassy under the guidance and supervision of the Ambassador, within the framework of the policy guidelines of the Government of India.

(viii)

A statement of the boards, councils, committees and other bodies consisting of two or more persons constituted as its part or for the purpose of its advice, and as to whether meetings of those boards, councils, committees and other bodies are open to the public, or the minutes of such meetings are accessible for public;

Embassy of India interacts regularly with Indian community, representatives of various councils, committees and other.

(ix)

A directory of its officers and staff

A directory is given at Annex-I

(x)

The monthly remuneration received by each of its officers and employees, including the system of compensation as provided in its regulations;

A statement of monthly remuneration is at Annex-II

(xi)

The budget allocated to each of its agency, indicating the particulars of all plans, proposed expenditures and reports on disbursement made;

The budget figures for the current financial year are given in the statement at Annex-III

(xii)

The manner of execution of subsidy programmes, including the amounts allocated and the details of beneficiaries of such programmes;

Embassy of India does not have any subsidy programme. Details of scholarships awarded by the Government of India are available on the Embassy’s website. 

(xiii)

Particulars of recipients of concessions, permits or authorizations granted by it;

No concessions/permits or authorizations are granted by the Embassy of India. .

(xiv)

Details in respect of the information, available to or held by it, reduced in an electronic form;

The Embassy’s website has the required information.

(xv)

The particulars of facilities available to citizens for obtaining information, including the working hours of a library or reading room, if maintained for public use;

All officers in the Embassy are available to give information pertaining to their wings.  In addition, information is also made available on the Embassy’s website.  Information  can also be sought from the following numbers:-

General enquiry: +974 – 44255700 (24X7)

General enquiry: +974 - 44255777

Consular enquiry: +974 - 44255716

Labour enquiry: +974 - 44255706 / 714

Emergency contact number:

Labour matters/Death cases:  +974 - 55097295

Interpreter: +974 - 30952526

ICBF Help desk: +974 – 55225274

PBSK Help desk: +974 - 4453500

Facebook: @IndianEmbassyQatar

Twitter handle: @IndEmbDoha

(xvi)

The names, designations and other particulars of the Public Information Officers;
 

Public Information  Officer

Ms. Suman Sonkar
First Secretary
Tel.  4425 5708
Fax. 4467 0448
Email hoc.doha@mea.gov.in 

Appellate Authority

Smt. T. Angeline Premalatha

Counsellor
Tel.  4425 5704
Fax. 4467 0448
Email: dcm.doha@mea.gov.in

(xvii)

Such other information as may be prescribed and thereafter update these publications every year;

The Embassy’s website has all relevant information which is updated on a regular basis.

 

 

 

 

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