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 2005.
The RTI Act also provides for appeals by aggrieved persons to the Central Information Commission of the Government of India.
Indian citizens resident in jurisdiction of Consulate 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.
In terms of the provisions of Right to Information Act, 2005, the following Officers have been designated as Nodal Officers in the Consulate General of India, Istanbul.
Central Public Information Officer -
Shri Sushant Suraj, Vice Consul
Shri Mijito Vinito, Consul General
Details of Right to Information Act, 2005 are available on the website https://rtionline.gov.in/
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Istanbul in accordance with Section 4 (1) of RTI Act, 2005
Applications seeking information under the RTI Act, 2005 may be sent along with the prescribed fee through e-IPO(Electronic Indian Postal Order) or in USD, equivalent to Indian Rs.10/- in exact cash [The rate of exchange for a particular month may be ascertained from the Consulate].
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.) For detailed information, please visit https://rtionline.gov.in/ . The mailing address of Consulate is Harbiye, Cumhuriyet Cd. Dortler Apt. No:42 D:11-12, 34367 ?i?li/?stanbul.
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 Public Information Officer (PIO) 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.
Facility of e-IPO for payment of fee under the RTI Act, 2005
The Department of Personnel and Training and Department of Posts have launched a service called e-IPO (Electronic Indian Postal Order) to enable Indian Citizens residing in India or abroad to purchase an Indian Postal Order electronically by paying fee on-line through e-Post Office Portal https://www.epostoffice.gov.in/ ,to enable them to seek information under the RTI Act, 2005. It can also be accessed through India Post website https://www.indiapost.gov.in/ .An e-IPO so generated must be used only once with an RTI application.
The RTI applicant is required to register on the website to create his/her profile. Then applicant has to select the Ministry/Department from whom he/she desires to seek the information under the RTI Act-2005 and the e-IPO so generated can be used to seek information from that Ministry/Department only. A printout of the e-IPO is required to be attached with the RTI application and sent in hard copy. In case RTI application is being filed electronically, an e-IPO is required to be attached as an attachment. The profile is to be created only for the first time. For more details please visit the website https://www.epostoffice.gov.in/.
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 requirements for filing an RTI application as well as other provisions regarding eligibility, time limit, exemptions, etc. will continue to apply.
Extension of e-IPO facility to Indian Missions/Posts abroad: For details, click here .
Public Interest Disclosure and Protection of Informers (PIDPI) Resolution
The name of the Designated Authority to receive written complaints or disclosure on allegations of corruption or misuse of office, in the Ministry of External Affairs, under the Public Interest Disclosure and Protection of Informers (PIDPI) Resolution is as follows:
Joint Secretary (CNV & I) & Chief Vigilance Officer,
Room No. 163,
New Delhi – 110011