Applications seeking information under the Act may be sent along with the prescribed fee in Dollars, equivalent to Indian Rs.10/- in demand draft favouring Consulate General of India, Vancouver. [The official Rupee-Dollar conversion rate for the current month December 2011 is One Rupee =C$0.020)
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 Consulate General of India, #201-325 Howe Street, V6C 1Z7, Vancouver, C.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 this Consulate only when the subject matter can reasonably be presumed to pertain to this Consulate. 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 this Consulate, the application may be addressed to the concerned PIO directly.
INFORMATION ABOUT THE CONSULATE, REQUIRED UNDER SECTION 4(1)(B) OF THE RTI ACT, 2005
the particulars of its organization, functions and duties;
Consulate General of India is headed by Consul General and has following 3 Wings:
(i) Administration Wing,
(ii) Consular Wing and
(iii) Commercial Wing.
The functions of the Consulate inter alia, include consular services, economic cooperation, trade and investment promotion, cultural interaction, press and media liaison and scientific cooperation in bilateral and multilateral contexts.
The Consulate 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.
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 Consulate General 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 Consulate function under the guidance and supervision of the Consul General.
the procedure followed in the decision making process, including channels of supervision and accountability;
Decisions are taken under the instruction and supervision of the Consul General.
the norms set by it for the discharge of its functions
Norms are set under the instruction and supervision of the Consul General.
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
Manuals on Office Procedures
Other Central Government Rules and manuals published by Central Government.
a statement of the categories of documents that are held by it or under its control;
Classified documents/files relating to Passport and Consular Services and other documents related to Visa, Passport, Consular and Commercial matters.
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;
Consulate General of India functions within the norms of India’s foreign policy formulated by the Ministry of External Affairs. Policy is implemented by the Consulate General under the guidance of Consul General
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;
Consulate General interacts regularly with representatives of think tanks, academic community and others.
a directory of its officers and employees;
A directory is given below Annex-I
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 given below at Annex-II
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 below at Annex-III
the manner of execution of subsidy programmes, including the amounts allocated and the details of beneficiaries of such programmes;
Consulate General of India does not have any subsidy programme.
particulars of recipients of concessions, permits or authorizations granted by it;
No concessions/permits are granted by the Consulate General of India.
details in respect of the information, available to or held by it, reduced in an electronic form;
The Consulate’s website has the required information. The Consulate also makes available to interested individuals various CD’ s and DVD’s containing information on India, its people and culture.
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;
the names, designations and other particulars of the Public Information Officers;