information under rti act

Section 4(1) (b) (i) The particulars of the organization, functions and duties

The Directorate of Publicity and Public Relations was established in the year 1979 as an attached office to Central Board of Excise and Customs, Department of Revenue, Ministry of Finance. The Headquarters Office of the Directorate is situated at Central Revenue Building, I.P. Estate, New Delhi -110109. The Commissioner is the head of the Directorate. Besides Commissioner, there are two Additional/Joint Commissioners and three Assistant Commissioners along with other subordinate staff. This Directorate has got no Zonal/Branch Office.

This Directorate is primarily responsible for publicity campaigns concerning public awareness regarding Service Tax, Central Excise and Customs and for this purpose all the available media including print media, electronic media, outdoor media, radio and Internet are used. The second important assignment of this Directorate is to maintain public relations.

The Commissioner of this Directorate is also a nodal officer for implementation of Citizen’s Charter and Public Grievances.

(ii) The powers and duties of officers and employees

The Officers working in this Directorate are discharging their duties as entrusted by CBEC. Besides the functions mentioned above, this Directorate is also responsible for publication, inter-alia, of notifications relating to the Central Excise Tariff and Customs Tariff.

COMMISSIONER is Head of the Department and overall in charge of this Directorate having all administrative and financial powers. Additional Commissioner, Joint Commissioner and Assistant Commissioners assist Commissioner in supervising the work of staff posted in this Directorate.

GROUP ‘B’ AND ‘C’ staff carry out the work pertaining to their respective sections as well as any other work assigned to them by their superiors from time to time.

(iii) The procedure followed in the decision-making process including channels of supervision and accountability

Among the officers posted in the Directorate, Commissioner represents as the Head of the Directorate and takes decisions as are not delegated to the Additional/Joint Commissioners. Three Assistant Commissioners assist the administrative set-up in carrying out the work of the Directorate including the supervision of work and performance of the subordinate staff.

(iv) The norms set for the discharge of its functions.

No norms have been prescribed for functioning of this Directorate.

However, publication of Central Excise and Customs Tariffs, and other periodicals are carried out by this Directorate. Further, this Directorate also publishes Notifications & Circulars issued by CBEC on day to day basis and also undertakes dissemination of the said Notifications & Circulars.

(V) The rules, regulations, instructions, manuals and records, held by it or under its control or used by its employees for discharging its functions

The following are the rules, regulations, instructions, manuals and records primarily used by the Officers of this Directorate for discharging their day to day functions:

(a) Central Civil Services (Classification, Control and Appeal) Rules, 1965.

(b) Central Civil Services (Conduct) Rules, 1964.

(c) Delegation of Financial Power Rules, 2005.

(vi)A statement of the categories of documents that are held by it or under its control

This Directorate is not concerned with execution or implementation of statutory rules and regulations pertaining to other Customs & Central Excise Law. Accordingly, no such records or documents are required to be maintained or kept under its control.

The particulars of any arrangement that exists of Consultation with, or representation by, the members of the public in relation to the formulation of its policy or implementation thereof

This Directorate does not formulate any policy. However, various policies formulated by the Ministry of Finance/CBEC are circulated to the field formulations and trade for information and implementation. This Directorate is using, print and electronic media outdoor media, radio and internet for advertisement of various policies and information relating to Customs, Central Excise & Service Tax.

(viii) A statement of the Board, 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 meeting are accessible for public.

Not relevant to this Directorate.

(ix) A directory of officers and employees

Details as per Annexure II.

(x) The monthly remuneration received by each of its officers and employees, including the system of compensation as provided in its regulations

Details as per Annexure III.

(xi)The budget allocated to each of its agency, indicating the particulars of all plans, proposed expenditure and reports on disbursements made.

Details as per Annexure IV.

(xii) The manner of execution of subsidy programs, including the amounts allocated and the details of beneficiaries of such programs.

Not Applicable to this Directorate.

(xiii) Particulars of recipient of concession, permits or authorizations granted by it Not Applicable to this Directorate.

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

(a) Details of the Salaries paid to employees of the Directorate.

(b) Data relating to the publications of an officers' directory for the CBEC.

(c) Day to day updating of Customs & Central Excise Tariff.

(xv) The particular of facilities available to citizens for obtaining information, including the working hours of library or reading room, if maintained for public use.

The Commissioner of this Directorate is the Nodal officer for implementation of Citizen's Charter of the Department. There is a Public Relation Officer looking after the grievance redressal. There is no full-fledged library. The publications issued by this Directorate like Customs & Central Excise Budget Bulletins/Tariffs/periodicals digests & Magazines are being published for general public from time to time.

The information relating to this Directorate can be obtained by the citizen's during the Office hours on all working days.

(xvi) The names, designations and other particulars of the Public Information Officers.

Details as per Annexure I .

Such other information as may be prescribed, and there after update publications every year.