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Section 4(1)(b) part: Subject Information/Remarks
(i) The particulars of its organization, functions and duties; Embassy of India in Abu Dhabi is headed by Ambassador and has following eight Wings: (i) Administration Wing (ii) Consular Wing (iii) Economic & Commerce Wing (iv) Political Wing (v) Press & Information Wing (vi) Education Wing (vii) Community Affairs Wing. Each Wing is headed by a Counsellor/First Secretary/Second Secretary rank officer.

The functions of the Embassy inter alia, include political and economic cooperation, trade and investment promotion, cultural interaction, press and media liaison, and rendering Passport, Visa and Consular services.

(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. 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; FS PLCA rules and annexures

Delegated Financial Powers of Government of India’s Representatives abroad Rules Passport Act

Manuals on Office Procedures Other Central Government Rules and manuals published by 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.

Embassy of India interacts regularly with representatives of various councils , committees and others.

(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;
(ix) A directory of its officers and employees; 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 disbursements 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.
(xiii) Particulars of recipients of concessions, permits or authorizations granted by it; No concessions/permits 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;
Mr. Kapil Raj
Second Secretary
Embassy of India
PO Box: 4090, Abu Dhabi
United Arab Emirates
Tel: +971 2 4494976
Fax: +971 2 4447768/4444685
Email: edu@indembassyuae.org
(xvi) The names, designations and other particulars of the Public Information Officers;
(xvii) Such other information as may be prescribed and thereafter update these publications every year; The Embassy’s website has information which is updated on a regular basis.

E-payment of Fees for RTI Applications

Submission of RTI Application and Payment Procedure

Public Information Officer

Mr. Kapil Raj
Second Secretary
Embassy of India
PO Box: 4090, Abu Dhabi
United Arab Emirates
Tel: +971 2 4494976
Fax: +971 2 4447768/4444685
Email: edu@indembassyuae.org

Appellate Authority

Mr. Dinesh Kumar
First Secretary (Community Affairs)
Embassy of India
PO Box: 4090, Abu Dhabi
United Arab Emirates
Tel: +971 2 4447763
Fax: +971 2 444685
Email: help@indembassyuae.org

A. Application Pertaining to the Embassy

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.

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, P.O. Box No. 4090, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

Applications seeking information under the Act may be sent along with the prescribed fee in UAE Dirhams, equivalent to Indian Rupees Ten (10) in cheque or demand draft favouring Embassy of India, Abu Dhabi. [The official Rupee-UAE Dirham conversion rate for the current month September 2013 is 1Rs = 0.0586 UAE Dirhams]

B. Applications Pertaining to the GOI Ministries/Departments

Procedures

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.

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.