Right to Information (RTI)


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

Central Public Information Officer
Mr. V Vijay Pandey,
First Secretary
Contact No: +963-11-3347350
Email: [ pol.damascus[at]mea.gov.in | com.damascus[at]mea.gov.in ]

Appellate Authority
Dr. Irshad Ahmad
Tel: +963-11-3347910
Email: [amb.damascus[at]mea.gov.in]

1. Applications seeking information under the RTI Act, 2005 may be sent along with the prescribed fee in US Dollars, equivalent to Indian Rs.10/- in cash/cheque favouring Embassy of India, Damascus. [The rate of exchange for a particular month may be ascertained from the Embassy]. The RTI fee can also be paid using e-ipo service of Department of Posts details of which is given in para 2 below.

2. The Government of India (Department of Post) has launched the e-IPO (Electronic Indian Postal Order) service to facilitate purchase of Indian Postal order electronically for paying RTI fee/cost of information on-line through e-Post Office Portal (https:/www.epostoffice.gov.in) of the Department of Posts. The detailed instructions for using the e-IPO service for payment of RTI fee on-line are contained in DOP & T™s OM No. 1/44/2009-IR dated March 22, 2013. (Please click here to get the details. The facility of e-ipo has been extended to 176 Indian Missions/Posts abroad also vide Department of Personnel & Training OM NO 1/44/2009-IR dated October 7, 2013 (please click here to see the OM). Department of Posts has extended the eIPO service to Indian citizens residing in India also w.e.f. February 13, 2014 vide OM No. 1/44/2009-IR dated 13th February 2014 (Please click here to see the OM). The RTI applicants may, therefore, pay the RTI fee/cost of information, also on-line using the said e-IPO service, for seeking information from Ministries/Departments in India as well as from Indian Missions abroad. 

3. It may be noted that information provided under the Act is available to citizens of India only. OCI/PIO Card holders are foreign nationals, holding foreign passports and are, therefore, not eligible to seek information under the RTI Act 2005. 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.

Information about the Embassy of India, Damascus under Section 4 (1)(B) of the RTI Act, 2005.

(i)The particulars of its organisations, functions and duties;

Embassy of India in Damascus is headed by Ambassador and has following 5 wings:
(i)Administrative Wing,
(ii) Consular Wing,
(iii) Commercial Wing,
(iv) Cultural Wing and
(v) Political Wing.

Each Wing is headed by a Second Secretary rank officer.

The functions of Embassy of India include political and economic cooperation, trade and investment promotion, cultural promotion, press and media liaison.

(ii)The power 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 Damascus 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.

(iii)The procedure followed in the decision making process, including channels of supervision and accountability;Generally, decisions are taken by the respective Heads of Wings under the guidance of Ambassador when required.
(iv)The norms set by it for the discharge of its functionsNorms 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.  
(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 Annexure-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 Annexure-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 Annexure-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.
(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 Embassy has a Library with extensive collection of books, journals and magazines on Indian history, culture, education, literature, arts, politics and many other topics. But due to current security situation in Syria, the Library is currently not functional.
(xvi)The names, designations and other particulars of the Public Information Officers;Central Public Information Officer
Mr. V Vijay Pandey,
First Secretary, 
Contact No: +963-11-3347350
Email : pol.damascus[at]mea.gov.in , com.damascus[at]mea.gov.in
(xvii)Such other information as may be prescribed and thereafter update these publications every year;The Embassy’s website has all the information, which is updated on a regular basis.

Budget Utilization during Financial Year 2023-2024 (in thousands)

Budget allocation during FY  2023-202471219/-
Expenditure during FY 2023-202471140/-

Embassy of India Damascus, Syria