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Right to Information Act

RTI Act 2005


1) Applications seeking information under the Act may be sent along with the prescribed fee in US Dollars, equivalent to Indian Rs.10/- in cheque or demand draft favoring Embassy of India, Algiers. 

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

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.

2) Information about the Embassy, Required Under Section 4(1)(B) of the RTI act,2005

(I)

The particulars of its organization, functions and duties;

Embassy of India started functioning from May 1962 following establishment of diplomatic relations with Algeria.

Embassy of India is headed by Ambassador and has the following Wings: Chancery Wing (Press, Culture, and Information), Commerce Wing and Consular Wing. 
The functions of the Embassy inter alia, include political and economic cooperation, trade and investment promotion, cultural interaction, press and media liaison, and scientific cooperation in bilateral and multilateral contexts. 
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.

Vision: to implement the foreign policy objectives of the Ministry of External Affairs;

Mission : to enhance the friendly relations between India and Algeria;

Key objectives: Political and economic cooperation, Trade and Investment promotion, cultural interaction, press and media liaison, scientific-cooperation, welfare of Indian community members.

Organization Chart

(II)

The powers and duties of its officers and employees;


Embassy of India is headed by Ambassador and has the following wings:

Administration, Political & information, Commerce and Consular. 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.

General Administrative and Financial powers are exercised by the Ambassador and Head of Chancery. DDO powers are exercised as per procedure.

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
and duties are derived from Passport Act and Rules, Visa and Consular manuals, RTI Act. GFR and other central govt. rules and regulations are also applicable.

The Officers of the Embassy function under the guidance and supervision of Ambassador.

Click here to see allocation of Work among various wings and India-based personnel of the Embassy.

(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.

Ambassador is the final decision making authority.

IFS (PLCA) Rules, Delegated Financial Powers of the Government of India’s Representative abroad. Passport Act and Rules, Visa and Consular manuals, RTI Act. GFR and other central govt. rules are also applicable.

Each official is responsible for the work allotted to him for correctness of rules and regulations and analysis of facts under the guidance and supervision of Wing Officer with overall supervision of Ambassador

(IV)

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

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

The functions of the Embassy inter alia include political and economic cooperation, trade and investment promotion, cultural interaction, press and media liaison, scientific cooperation, welfare of Indian community etc. Services offered : Consular , Passport and visa service, responding to trade queries, promotion of BSM, exhibitions etc.

There are numerous procedures, guidelines and regulations applicable to different functions and services rendered by the Mission.

Various forms and procedure to obtain the services have been given on the website of the Mission.

There are various mechanism in place for the redressal of grievances including by directly contacting the Mission and/or through portals like Madad, CP gram etc.

(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 and annexures,
Delegated Financial Powers of Government of India’s Representatives abroad Rules,
Passport Act
and Rules,
Manuals on Office Procedures,

Consular and Visa manuals,

General Financial Rules,

Compendium of Rules on local staff, Flag code, car code, FR/SR , Service rules, Income Tax Rules,

Other Central Government Rules and manuals published by Central Government.

Transfers are done by the Ministry of External Affairs

(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.

Head of Wings are the custodian of documents and files pertaining to their wings.

(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 interacts regularly with representatives of think tanks, academic community and others.

There are no Boards or Councils at the Embassy. Different committees as prescribed are constituted from time to time.

Constitution of Purchase Committee

Constitution of Committee to deal with the cases of Sexual Harassment at the work place

Different committees of the mission do not have any power. Functions : Purchase committee recommends on the office purchase above INR 25000, Committee for Indian community Welfare fund recommends for use of funds for welfare of Indian community, Official Language promotion committee recommends on promotion of Hindi language in official working etc.


(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;

Click Here

(X)

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

As per the Governnment of India notifications from time to time 

Click here for monthly remuneration of employees at the Embassy of India, Algiers

(XI)

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

As per allocations made by the Government of India from time to time.

Budget Estimates for the year 2021 - 22 Allocations

Final Estimates for the year 2020 - 21 Allocations

Monthly cash account and Progressive Expenditure statements are submitted each month to the Chief Controller of Accounts, Ministry of External Affairs.

(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 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. Embassy also makes available to interested individuals various CD’s and DVD’s containing information on India, its people and culture.

(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;

Working hours of library:

0900 hrs. to 1200 hrs. (from Sunday to Thursday)

1500 hrs. to 1700 hrs. (from Sunday to Thursday)

Officer in charge of library:

Mr. Tej Pal Singh Rawat

First Secretary (Political, Publicity, Information and Culture) & Head of Chancery

Mobile +213 661480111

Email- hoc.algiers@mea.gov.in

(XVI)

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

Chief Public Information Officer:

Mr. Brijesh Kumar
Second Secretary (Economic & Commerce, and Consular)

Telephone : +213 
661174337

Email : com.algiers@mea.gov.in

First Appellate Authority:

Mr. Gaurav Ahluwalia
Ambassador

Telephone : +213 23 47 25 21/76
Email : amb.algiers@mea.gov.in

(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.

(XVIII)

Foreign tours undertaken by Ministers and senior OI officersto Algiers

Domestics tour details - Click here

XIX
Programmes to advance understanding of RTI
Ministry conducts sessions from time to time.
DOPT publishes the RTI guidelines and circulates to all concerned.
CPIO has already undergone DOPT online course on RTI.
XX
Transfer Policy And Transfer Orders
Transfers are done by the Ministry of External Affairs
XXI
CAG and PAC paras and the action taken reports (ATRs) after these have been laid on the table of both houses of the Parliament.
No such para forms the part of report laid before the Parliament
XXII
Particulars for any arrangement for consultation with or representation by the members of the public in relation to the formulation of policy or implementation there of
Policy formulation lies with Ministry of External Affairs
XXIII
Arrangements for consultation with or representation by – (a) Members of the public in policy formaulation/policy/implementation, (b) Day & time allotted for visitors, (c) Contact details of Imformation & Facilitation Counter (IFC) to provide publications frequently sought by RTI applicants
RTI applicants do not seek any such documents normally
XXIV
Are the details of policies / decisions, which affect public, informed to them
Policy making lies with Ministry of External Affairs. All policies and decisions concerning citizens are put in public domain through social media.
XXV
Dissemination of information widely and in such form and manner which is easily accessible to the public
Embassy of India gives wide publicity to all such matters concerning citizens through website and other social media platforms.
XXVI
Form of accessibility of information manual / handbook.
Embassy of India does not maintain any such handbook.
Information concerning functioning of Embassy of India and services provided is available on its website (www.indianembassyalgiers.gov.in)
XXVII
Particulars of facilities available to citizen for obtaining information
Citizens can avail consular and commercial services through electronic means including contacting by telephone in emergency. Information pertaining to Commerce, Consular and Cultural wings in available in public domain. Working hours of the facility is from 09.00 to 17.30 hrs. Contact person & details are available at https://www.indianembassyalgiers.gov.in/eoi.php?id=Contact
XXVIII
Grievance redressal mechanism
Grievances may be redressed through contacting by telephone, email, post, WA, Madad and CP Gram portals.
XXIX
Details of applications received under RTI and information provided
IN FY 2020-21 RTI applications have been received and responses sent
XXX
Details of all contracts entered into including name of the contractor, amount of contract and period of completion of contract
Chancery premises and house of officials are leased through contracts.
XXXI
Receipt & Disposal of RTI applications & appeals
Since April 2020 RTI applications have been received. All applications disposed.
XXXII
Replies to questions asked in the parliament
Ministry of External Affairs is responsible for Parliament Questions
XXXIII
Name & details of (a) current CPIOs & FAAs, (b) Earlier CPIO & FAAs from 1.1.2015
Current CPIO-Shri Brijesh Kumar, Second Secretary (Economic & Consular), Current FAA-Shri Gaurav Ahluwalia, Ambassador
XXXIV
Item / information disclosed so that public have minimum resort to use of RTI Act to obtain information
Much information is already disclosed. Number of RTI applications are minimal.
XXXV
Guidelines for Indian Government Websites (GIGW) is followed
STQC certification is under process, and will be displayed in due course.


3) Electronic Indian Postal Order (e-IPO) Scheme for filing of applications under the RTI Act by NRIs and resident Indians:  
The Government of India has recently launched a facility that would enable NRIs and Resident Indians to electronically file applications under the RTI Act for seeking information under the Right to Information Act 2005.

Electronic Indian Postal Order (e-IPO) is a facility to purchase an Indian Postal Order electronically by paying a fee on-line through e-Post office Portal link https://www.epostoffice.gov.in/eipo_info.htm

The user needs to get registered at the website https://www.epostoffice.gov.in/eIPO/Loginpage.aspx and then select the Ministry / Department from whom the user desires to seek information under the RTI Act. The e-IPO so generated can be used to seek information from that Ministry / Department for one time only.

A printout of the e-IPO is required to be attached with the RTI application, if it is sent by post. Even if the RTI application is being filed electronically, the e-IPO is required to be attached with it. Payments towards e-IPO can be made by both debit and credit cards powered by Visa / Master.

This facility is only for purchasing an Indian Postal Order electronically. All the requirements for filing an RTI application as well as other provisions regarding eligibility, time limit, exemptions etc., as provided in the RTI Act, 2005 will continue to apply.

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