Right to Information Right to Information

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 Argentina and Uruguay 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.

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

Public Information Officer
Shri Rajesh Kumar Pippal
Second Secretary
Telephone:+381-11-266-1089
Fax: +381-11-3674209

Email: pic.belgrade@mea.gov.in

Appellate Authority
Shri Sanjiv Kohli
Ambassador
Telephone:+381-11-367-4208
Fax: +381-11-3674209
Email: amb.belgrade@mea.gov.in

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

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, Djordja Radojlovića 7A, Dedinje, 11 040 Belgrade, Serbia.

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


(i)


the particulars of its organization, functions and duties;

Embassy of India is headed by Ambassador.

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.

(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;

IFS 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 interacts 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 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. The Embassy also makes available to interested individuals various CD's and DVD's containing information on India, its people and culture.

(xv)

Information Related to Procurements

A directory is given at Annex-IV

(xvi)

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.

ANNEX I

Sl. No.

Designation

Name

1.

Ambassador

Mr.Sanjiv Kohli

2.

First Secretary

Mr. Sandeep Kumar

3.

Second Secretary

Mr. Rajesh Kumar Pippal

4.

Attache

Mr. Suresh Rao

5.

PA

Mr. Avinash Sinha

6.

ASO

Mr. Nikhil Saini

7.

ASO

Mr. Sumit Kumar Meena

8.

IBSA

Mr.Rakesh Kumar

 

 

ANNEX II

Monthly Remuneration of Officers and Staff (India-Based) of Embassy of India, Belgrade

Sl. No.

Sanctioned Post

No. of Posts

Pay Scale

1

Ambassador

1

Rs. 225000

2

FS/SS

1

Rs. 78800-180500

3

Attache

1

Rs. 67700-208700

4

ASO

2

Rs. 44900-102800

5

PS/PA/Stenographer

2

Rs. 25500-128200

6

IBSA

1

Rs. 18000-41100

 

Note : Apart from basic pay, India based Officers/staff are paid Foreign Allowance as fixed by Ministry of External Affairs from time to time.

 

Budget utilization during Financial Year 2021-22:

Chancery

Budget allocation during FY 2021-22

(Rs. in thousands only)

 

68,379,000

Expenditure during FY 2021-22

(Rs. in thousands only)

 

67,680,370

Commercial Wing

Budget allocation during FY 2021-22

(Rs. in thousands only)

 

26,622,000

Expenditure during FY 2021-22

(Rs. in thousands only)

 

26,330,755

ANNEX III

THE APPROVED FIGURES OF BE 2022-23 IN RESPECT OF EMBASSY OF INDIA, BELGRADE ARE AS FOLLOWS:

HEAD OF ACCOUNTS

 

AMOUNT (RUPEES IN THOUSANDS)

CHANCERY

COMMERCIAL

SALARIES

41000

20740

WAGES

50

0

OVERTIME ALLOWANCE

385

0

MEDICAL TREATMENT

700

700

TRAVEL EXPENSES (LOCAL)

515

140

TRAVEL EXPENSES (OTHERS)

4210

3000

OFFICE EXPENSES

4055

600

RENT, RATES AND TAXES

16907

4800

ADV & PUBLICITY

1480

0

MINOR WORKS

71

25

OTHER CHARGES

0

0

SWACHHTA ACTION PLAN

50

0

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

600

150

TRADE PROMOTION

0

200

TOTAL

70023

30355

 

ANNEX IV

INFORMATION RELATED TO PROCUREMENTS

S. No.

Notice/ tender

Particulars of Bidder Selected

Value of Bid

1.

No. Bel/Cul/302/1/2020 dated 29/10/2020 for making Bronze bust of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore

Mr. Goran Cpajak, Sculptor

Euro 8700 (Rs. 7,64,720)

 

DETAILS OF DECEASED INDIAN NATIONALS IN SERBIA

 

Year

Total No. of deaths registered/informed

Sex of the deceased

Cause of death

2012

Nil

N.A.

N.A.

2013

Nil

N.A.

N.A.

2014

Nil

N.A.

N.A.

2015

Nil

N.A.

N.A.

2016

Nil

N.A.

N.A.

2017

Nil

N.A.

N.A.

2018

01

Male

Not known

2019

01

Male

Not known

2020

Nil

N.A.

N.A.

2021

02

Male

N.A.