About Us 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: https://rti.gov.in/rti-act.pdf.

The RTI Act also provides for appeals by aggrieved persons to the Central Information Commission of the Government of India.

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

CentralPublic Information Officer

Mr. Jayapal Manik Dethe
SS (P & I)
Email: inf.muscat@mea.gov.in

Appellate Authority

Mr. Irshad Ahmad
Counsellor (Labour & CW)
Email: cw.muscat@mea.gov.in

As per subsection 1 of Section 6, Chapter II of the RTI Act, 2005, RTI applicants are required to deposit an equivalent amount of RTI fee of Rs. 10/- or enclose an Indian Postal Order of Rs. 10/- in the name of “PAO, MEA”.

The Department of Posts, India has launched a service called “eIPO”( Electronic Indian Postal Order) w.e.f 22/3/2013. This is a facility to purchase an Indian Postal Order electronically by paying a fee on-line 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 is provided only for Indian Citizens abroad across the globe to facilitate them to seek information from the Central Public Information Officers (CPIOs) under the RTI Act, 2005. Debit and Credit cards can be used to purchase eIPO.

The eIPO facility for paying RTI fees has been extended by DOPT for seeking information from Missions/Posts abroad too. In continuation of the above mentioned DoP&T O.M dated 22-03-2013, DoP&T, vide its O. M. No 1/44/2009-IR dated 13-02-2014, 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.

The user needs to get himself registered at the website. He has to select the Ministry/Department/Embassy/Consulate/High Commission from whom he desires to seek the information under the RTI Act and the eIPO so generated can be used to seek information from that Ministry/Department/Embassy/Consulate/High Commission 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.

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 and has following 6 Wings: (i) Administration Wing (ii) Political, Information and Education Wing (iii) Commercial Wing (iv) Consular Wing (v) Defence Wing (vi) Community Welfare Wing. Each Wing is headed by a Counsellor/ First Secretary/ Second Secretary rank officer.
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

Embassy of India functions within the norms of India’s foreign policy formulated by the Ministry of External Affairs. The Policy is implemented by the Embassy under the guidance 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

The documents/files are maintained by each wing and nature of information governs its classification.

(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

An open house is held on 3rd Friday of every month for providing informal platform to address the problems of Indian workers residing in Oman.

(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

Embassy interacts regularly with captains of industry, academic community and others.

(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 (2022-23) are given at ANNEX-III

(xii)

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

Embassy 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.

(xiv)

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

The Embassy maintains website wherein information requested by public is posted. This is periodically updated.

(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;

24/7 Contact numbers of the Embassy
Consular – 98282270/ cons.muscat@mea.gov.in
Community Welfare – 80071234 (Toll free) /cw.muscat@mea.gov.in

No reading room is maintained by the Mission for public use.

(xvi)

The names, designations and other particulars of the officers dealing with RTI matters

Central Public Information Officer:

Shri. Jayapal Manik Dethe, SS (Pol. & Inf.), Embassy of India, PO Box: 1727, PC-112, Diplomatic Area, Al Khuwair, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman.
Tel +968 24684592 Fax: +968 24698291
Email: inf[dot]muscat[at]mea[dot]gov[dot]in

First Appellate Authority:
Shri Irshad Ahmad, Counsellor (Labour & CW)
Tel: +968 24684566 Fax: +968 24698291
Email: cw[dot]muscat[at]mea[dot]gov[dot]in

(xvii)

Details of work contracts awarded by the mission

ANNEX-IV

(xviii)

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.

(xix)

Details of third-party audit of voluntary disclosure – (a) Dates of audit carried out, (b) Report of the audit carried out.

Third Party Audit of Voluntary Disclosure was carried out by Sushma Swaraj Institure of Foreign Service, New Delhi (SSIFS). Please click here for Audit Report for the year 2020-21.