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(Updated on 16 July 2013)

Full text of RTI Act 2005
Information about the Consulate General of India, Osaka-Kobe, required under Section 4(1)(B) of the RTI Act, 2005
Contact details of officers for addressing applications under Right to Information Act, 2005:

Central Public Information Officer 
Mr. Shafiur Rabbi
Consul
Tel. No.: 06-6261-7299 / Fax No.: 06-6261-7201 
e-mail: hoc.osakakobe@mea.gov.in

Appellate Authority  
Shri T. Armstrong Changsan
Consul General
Tel. No. : 06-6261-7299 / 06-6261-9299 / Fax No.: 06-6261-7799 
Email : cg.osakakobe@mea.gov.in

Applications seeking information under the Act may be sent along with the prescribed fee of JPY 30 to the Consulate General of India, Osaka-Kobe. Alternatively, applicants may use eIPO service for purchasing an Indian Postal Order electronically for filing RTI application. An eIPO can be purchased online through e-Post Office Portal, i.e., http://www.epostoffice.gov.in or www.indiapost.gov.in. A printout of the eIPO is required to be attached with the RTI application. Debit and credit cards can be used to purchase eIPO.

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 RTI Website.

It may be noted 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 Central Public 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

 

Information about the Consulate General, Required Under Section 4(1)(B) of the RTI Act, 2005

(i)

The particulars of its organization, functions and duties;

Consulate General of India, Osaka-Kobe is headed by Consul General and has five other India- based Officers.
The functions of the Consulate General, inter alia, include trade and investment promotion, Consular and visa work, cultural interaction, press and media liaison & looking after the interests of the Indian community in the area under its jurisdiction.          
The Consulate General functions under the overall supervision of the Ambassador of India in Tokyo.

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

(iii)

The procedure followed in the decision making process, including channels of supervision and accountability;

Decisions are taken under instructions and supervision of the Consul General.

(iv)

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

Norms are set under instructions and supervision of the Consul General.

(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 Annexure
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;

Manuals/ Files –both classified and non-classified- relating to Administration, Property, Finance, Publicity, Cultural Commercial, & Consular / Passport/ visa services.
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;

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 and supervision of the Ambassador, Embassy of India, Tokyo.

The Post interacts regularly with representatives of think tanks, academic community, members of Indian 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;

The directory of officers may be seen here.

(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-I

(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-II

(xii)

the manner of execution of subsidy programmes, including the amounts allocated and the details of beneficiaries of such programmes;

Consulate General of India, Osaka-Kobe does not have any subsidy programme.

(xiii)

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

No such concessions/permits are granted by Consulate General of India, Osaka-Kobe.

(xiv)

details in respect of the information, available to or held by it, reduced in an electronic form;

The Consulate General’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;

The Consulate General has a Library which is open to the public during 1000- 1200 hours and 1400- 1600 hours - Monday to Friday (on working days only).

(xvi)

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

Central Public Information Officer

Mr. Shafiur Rabbi
Vice Consul(Admn.)
Tel. No.: 06-6261-7299 / Fax No.: 06-6261-7201 
e-mail: hoc.osakakobe@mea.gov.in 

(xvii)

such other information as may be prescribed and thereafter update these publications every year;

The Consulate General’s website has information which is updated on a regular basis.

 

 
 
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Officer in-charge of website : Mr. B.K. Anand, Consul, Tel : +81-6-6261 7229/9299, Email :hoc.osakakobe@mea.gov.in
   
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