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Right To Information (RTI)

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Applications seeking information under the Act may be sent along with the prescribed fee in Dollars, equivalent to Indian Rs.10/- in cashier Cheque or money order or postal order favoring “Consulate General of India, Chicago”. [The official Rupee-Dollar conversion rate may be first checked with the Consulate. The official Rupee-Dollar conversion rate for the month of October 2017 is $1 = Rs.64.80].The RTI fee can also be paid using e-ipo service of Department of Posts details of which is given in para  below.

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.) .It may be noted that information provided under the Act is available to citizens of India only. OCI/PIO Card holders are foreign nationals, holding foreign passports and are, therefore, not eligible to seek information under the RTI Act 2005. More information is available at the RTI Website or from the DOPT Compendium on RTI.


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 Consulate only when the subject matter can reasonably be presumed to pertain to the 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 the Consulate, the application may be addressed to the concerned PIO directly. The application should be supported by the proof of Indian citizenship.It may be noted that information provided under the Act is available to citizens of India only. OCI/PIO Card holders are foreign nationals, holding foreign passports and are, therefore, not eligible to seek information under the RTI Act 2005.Applications should be submitted along with documentary proof of Indian Citizenship (like copy of personal particulars pages of passport.) More information is available at the RTI Website.

The Government of India (Department of Post) has launched the e-IPO (Electronic Indian Postal Order) service to facilitate purchase of Indian Postal order electronically for paying RTI fee/cost of information on-line through e-Post Office Portal (https:/www.epostoffice.gov.in) of the Department of Posts, Department of Personnel & Training. The detailed instructions for using the e-IPO service for payment of RTI fee on-line are contained in DOP & T™s OM No. 1/44/2009-IR dated March 22, 2013. (Please click here to get the details. The facility of e-ipo has been extended to 176 Indian Missions/Posts abroad also vide Department of Personnel & Training OM NO 1/44/2009-IR dated October 7, 2013 (please click here to see the OM). Department of Posts has extended the eIPO service to Indian citizens residing in India also w.e.f. February 13, 2014 vide OM No. 1/44/2009-IR dated 13th February 2014 (Please click here to see the OM). The RTI applicants may, therefore, pay the RTI fee/cost of information, also on-line using the said e-IPO service, for seeking information from Ministries/Departments in India as well as from Indian Missions abroad.

 

 

 

 

 

INFORMATION ABOUT THE CONSULATE, REQUIRED UNDER SECTION 4(1)(B) OF THE RTI ACT, 2005

(i)

the particulars of its organization, functions and duties;

Consulate General of India is headed by Consul General and has following 03 Wings: (i) Administration Wing (iii) Consular Wing (iv) Commercial Wing

 

Each wing is headed by Consul rank officer.


The functions of the Consulate 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. 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.

(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 Consulate function under the guidance and supervision of the Consul General.

(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 Consul General  in consultation with  Embassy of India, Washington DC and MEA when necessary.

(iv)

the norms set by it for the discharge of its functions

Norms are set under the instruction and supervision of the  Consul General  in consultation with Embassy of India, Washington DC and MEA when necessary.

(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


Delegated Financial Powers of Government of India's Representatives abroad Rules

 

Manuals on Office Procedures

 

Passport Act & Visa Manual

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 Consulate under the guidance and supervision of the Consul General. 

Consul General and his officers interact regularly with representatives of think tanks, academic community 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/ telephone list  is at Annexure-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 Annexure-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 Annexure-III

(xii)

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.

(xiii)

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

No concessions/permits are granted by the Consulate General of India.

(xiv)

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.

(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;

There are a library & Reading Room in the Chancery with limited facilities. Public Information officer:- 

 

Appellate Authority

Mr. O.P. Meena, Consul (Pol.Com & Visa)

Tel: +1 312-595-0414

Fax : +1 312 -595-0416/18

cci@indianconsulate.com

 

CPIO

Mr. Anil Suri

Vice Consul

Tele: +1 312 -527-5018    
Fax : +1 312 -595-0416/18
Email : vc@indianconsulate.com

(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 Consulate's website has information which is updated on a regular basis.


 

Annexure –I

DIRECTORY / TELEPHONE LIST :

 

Name/ Designation

Office Tel &   Email id

Mrs. Neeta Bhushan, Consul General

(312)-595-0412 , (312)-595-9235

cg@indianconsulate.com

Mr. Birbal Anand, Consul (Passport)/PSO

(312)-595-0411

passport@indianconsulate.com

Mr. D.B. Bhati, Consul (HOC & OCI)

(312)-595-0415

pic@indianconsulate.com

Mr. O.P. Meena, Consul (Pol.,Com & Visa)

(312)-595-0414

cci@indianconsulate.com

   

Mrs. Rajeswari Chandrasekaran Consul/(Sr. PPS) to C.G.

(312)-595-0410

cgo@indianconsulate.com

Mr. Anil Suri, Vice Consul (Visa)

(312)-527-5018

vc@indianconsulate.com

Sh. R.K. Singh, Vice Consul (Admin.& DDO)

(312)-837-3861

admin@indianconsulate.com

   

Mr. J.P. Santosh, Assistant Section Officer(Accounts)

(312)-595-0419

officeadmin@indianconsulate.com

Mr. Asim Mandal, Assistant Section Officer(CW)

(312)-837-3870

consul@indianconsulate.com

Mr. C.D.Pandey , 

Assistant Section Officer (Protocol & Property)                                               

(312)-595-0554

com@indianconsulate.com

 

ANNEXURE- II

MONTHLY REMUNERATION OF EMPLOYEES

Sl.no.

Name of Post

Sanctioned Strength

Pay drawn in Pay Matrix

 Level

1

Consul General
Grade III of IFS

1

188200

14

2

Consul

2

112400

96900

12

12

3

Vice Consul

2

84900

10

4

Assistant

3

68000

60400

53600

8

7

7

5

PSO

Sr. PPS

2

134500

99800

13

12

 

Note : Apart from basic pay, India-based officers/staff are paid Foreign Allowance, which is fixed by the Ministry of External Affairs from time to time. 


ANNEXURE- II


[a] Approved Chancery Budget of the Consulate General of India, Chicago for the year 2017-18

Heads

Rupees [in thousands]

Salaries

66006

Wages

9535

Over time Allowance

1550

Medical

45000

Travel Expenses [ Local Tour]

4270

Travel Expenses [ Others]

2520

Publicity

1200

Office Expenses

27872

Information Technology

1482

Rents, Rates & Taxes

40756

Minor Works

650

Other Charges

0

Total

200841

 


[b] Approved Commercial Wing Budget of the Consulate General of India, Chicago for the year 2017-18

Heads

Rupees [in thousands]

Trade Promotion

375

Total

375

 

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