Right to Information

PLEASE NOTE

The information provided under the Act is available to the citizens of India only. Applications should be submitted along with documentary proof of Indian Citizenship in the prescribed way. More information is available.

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.

ROUTINE ENQUIRIES ON CONSULAR MATTERS ARE DEALT BY THE CONSULAR SECTION. THESE SHOULD BE RAISED WITH THE CONSULAR SECTION ONLY

ELECTRONIC INDIAN POSTAL ORDER

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 abroad to purchase an Indian Postal Order electronically by paying the fee on-line through e-Post Office Portal.

This facility has been provided for Indian Citizens abroad to enable them to purchase a Postal Order electronically to seek information under the RTI Act, 2005. This facility has been extended to Indian citizens residing in India also with effect from 13.02.2014. The facility is only for purchasing an Indian Postal Order electronically.

The User needs to get himself 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 e-IPO so generated can be used to seek information from that Ministry/Department only. Further, an e-IPO so generated must be used only once with an RTI application. A printout of the e-IPO is required to beattached with the RTI application. If the RTI application is being filed electronically, e-IPO is required to be attached as an attachment.

What is the difference between an embassy and a consulate?

Anyone who has traveled the world knows that it is very important to have well located embassies or consulates of their country of origin. Both can be useful if we need help at some time during our stay abroad.

The first thing to make clear is that both embassies and consulates are diplomatic representations of a country abroad. However, they do not have the same degree of importance nor can they perform the same functions. And that is where the difference between a consulate and an embassy is found

An embassy is the maximum representation and authority of a country abroad. It is a permanent mission led by an ambassador who performs the functions of a State in the country of destination. The ambassador and the rest of the diplomatic corps carry out negotiations to favor a favorable climate that allows to foster economic, political and commercial relations between both States.

Another of the functions of an embassy is to keep the Government informed of the current situation of the country of destination and of events that may be of interest. Normally, there is only one embassy for each State in each country, and it is located in the capital. However, it is not uncommon to find cases in which a State does not have an embassy in a particular country, and that matters related to that country depend on another in a nearby State. In the case of Spain, for example, the management of national affairs in Georgia is the responsibility of the Spanish embassy in Turkey, based in Ankara; The same applies to the case of Armenia, which is the responsibility of the embassy in Moscow, Russia.

On the other hand, consulates are lower level institutions than embassies, hierarchically dependent on the embassy that the State has in that country and with functions that are smaller than those of the embassy. Unlike embassies, there may be more than one consulate in the same country. Consulates can even be found inside embassies if circumstances require, in which case we would talk about the consular section of the embassy.

The consulates are headed by a diplomat called consul and do not get to perform the functions of maximum representation. Its main functions are to interact with citizens who come or reside in that country or the premises that have to carry out a procedure with the national administration. They process and issue passports and travel documents for both nationals and foreigners who want to go to the country of origin. They also manage notarial or civil records and communicate them to the Public Administration. Another of the functions of the consulates is also to provide assistance in situations of need and emergency – such as attention to detainees, subtraction of documents, or crisis situations such as natural disasters – through 24-hour service telephone numbers.

Therefore, embassies have a superior status in terms of acting capacity and representative work, while consulates are within the ambit of representativeness of the embassy and are in charge of more concrete activities and relating more directly with national and local citizens.

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