Right to Information Right to Information

Right to Information

Annexure -I
Annexure -II
Annexure -III

What is "Information"?

Under the Right to Information Act, 2005,    the term "information" is defined to mean all documents and records held in the custody of a Public Authority in any form (electronic or physical). All such "information" can be provided to the applicants, subject to the provisions of the RTI Act, 2005. However, please note that the RTI Act, 2005 is only meant to obtain "information" that already exists with the Public Authority and cannot be used for seeking advice/opinion on an issue.

Eligibility of Applicants

Please note that the information under RTI Act can be sought only by Indian Citizens. Persons of Indian Origin (PIO) and Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) are not covered by this Act. Consequently, applicants are advised to submit proof of Indian citizenship along with their application to the Embassy of India in Niamey.



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 http://rti.gov.in. The mailing address is : Embassy of India, B.P. 201, Rue Ambassades 14, Kouara Kano, Niamey-CN1 (NIGER).

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 this Embassy only when the subject matter can reasonably be presumed to pertain to it. 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 this Embassy, the application may be addressed to the concerned PIO directly.

Applications seeking information under the Act may be sent along with the prescribed fee in FCFA (local currency), equivalent to Indian Rupees Ten (10) in cheque or demand draft favouring Embassy of India, Niamey. The official Rupee-FCFA conversion rate applicable at the time of submitting the application may be obtained from this Embassy over phone No. 20370029/30 or through email (hoc.niamey@mea.gov.in). 


"eIPO" (Electronic Indian Postal Order)

1. On the initiative of Department of Personnel and Training, Department of Posts has launched a service called "eIPO" (Electronic Indian Postal Order) w.e.f. 22/03/2013. This is a facility to purchase an Indian Postal Order electronically by paying a fee on-line through e-Post Office Portal i.e. http://www.epostoffice.gov.in . It can also be accessed through India Post website www.indiapost.gov.in  As per RTI Rules, 2012, fees may be paid by electronic means, if facility for receiving fees through electronic means is available with the public authority.

2. At present, 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.

3. The user needs to get himself/herself registered at the website. He/she has to select the Ministry/Department 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 only. A printout of the eIPO is required to be attached with the RTI application. If the RTI application is being filed electronically, elP0 is required to be attached as an attachment.

4. It may be noted that this facility is only for purchasing an Indian Postal Order electronically. All the requirements for filing an RTI application as well as other provisions regarding eligibility, time limit, exemptions etc., as provided in the RTI Act, 2005 will continue to apply.

Applications seeking Information from Embassy of India, Niamey (Niger) may be addressed to:

Public Information Officer:

Shri. Hansraj Chhilwar
Second Secretary (HOC, Cons & Com)
Embassy of India, Niamey
Tel: 00227- 20370029/30
E-Mail: hoc.niamey@mea.gov.in

1st Appellate Authority

Mr. Prem K. Nair
Tel: 00227-20370108
Fax: 00227-20370116
E-Mail: amb.niamey@mea.gov.in