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    INFORMATION MANUAL UNDER THE RIGHT TO INFORMATION ACT, 2005

    (Updated on 31.10.2011).

    COMMISSIONER OF ENDOWMENTS GOVERNMENT OF ANDHRA PRADESH

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    PREFACE

    In order to provide for greater transparency and accountability in the

    functioning for public authorities, the Right to Information Act, 2005 (RTI) has been enacted by the Government of India. The Act entitles the citizens to obtain

    certain information pertaining to public authorities, subject to compliance with prescribed procedure under RTI Act, 2005. The Act has been notified on June

    15, 2005.

    In compliance with the provisions of Section 4 (1) (b) of the Act, this information manual is published for information of the general public.

    Public information officer, O/o the Commissioner of Endowments

    Government of Andhra Pradesh.

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    INDEX

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    Sl. Subject Page No. No.

    1. Introduction. 2. Particulars of organization, functions and duties. 3. The Powers and duties of Officers and Employees. 4. The procedure followed in the decision making process. 5. The Norms set by the Department for the discharge of its functions. 6. The Rules and regulations, instructions, manuals and records Held by the Department under control or used by its employees for discharging its functions. 7. Statements of the categories of documents that are held by it or under

    the Department Control. 8. The Particulars of any arrangement that exists for consultation with public in relation to the formulation of its policy or implementation thereof. 9. A statement of Boards, Councils, Committees etc., which are open to

    the public or the minutes of the meetings are accessible for public. 10. The Directory of Officers and Employees. 11. The monthly remuneration being paid to the Officers and Employees. 12. Budget allocation to plan and Non-plan. 13. The manner of Execution of subsidy programmes and the details

    of beneficiaries. 14. Particulars of recipients of concessions, permits or authorizations granted

    by the Department. 15. Details of the information available relating to the Department in an Electronic form. 16. 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.

    17. The Names, Designations and Other particulars of the Public Information Officers.

    18. Updated other information of these publications every year.

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    CHAPTER I

    INTRODUCTION

    1.1 BACKGROUND:

    In order to ensure transparency and accountability in the functioning of public authorities and with a view to confer right to citizens for obtaining information pertaining to functioning of public authorities, the Information Act, 2005 (hereinafter referred to as RTI or Act) has been enacted. Section 4 (1) (b) of the Act confers right on citizens to obtain information pertaining to functioning of public authorities and for this, every public authority is required to appoint State Public Information Officer (s) and Assistant State Public Information Officer (s), wherever applicable, for processing of information requests from citizen. Under any circumstances if the citizen could not get the information sought for by him, he may approach the Appellate Authority.

    1.2 OBJECTIVE OF THE HAND BOOK:

    Endowments Department is an integral part of Government of Andhra Pradesh and administers the Hindu Religious and Charitable Institutions in the State in accordance with the Andhra Pradesh Charitable and Hindu Religious Institutions and Endowments Act 30 of 1987 as amended from time to time. The key of objective behind publication of this information manual is to enable the public to understand the role played by the Department in the administration of Government of Andhra Pradesh. As prescribed under section 4 (1) (b) of the Act, the office of the Commissioner, Endowments Department being the public authority, hereby publishes the prescribed information relating to constitution and functioning of the office of the Commissioner, Endowments Department. The matter contained in this manual is meant for information of general public. Apart from these, the citizens are entitled under the Act, to obtain other information from the Department. Procedure for obtaining information from the department duly following the procedure prescribed is incorporated.

    1.3 TARGETED USERS:

    This manual is meant for information of citizens, civil society organizations, public representatives, officers and employees of public authorities.

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    Names and addresses of Key contact Officers

    For facilitating information requests from citizens, the following officers are designated by the Department and all information requests shall be addressed to the State Public Information Officer (PIO).

    PARTICULARS DESIGNATION Deputy Commissioner (General), office of the Commissioner, Endowments Department, Boggulakunta, Tilak Road, Hyderabad 500 001.

    PH: No.040 24757320

    Public Information Officer

    Assistant Commissioner (Head Office), Office of the Commissioner, Endowments Department, Boggulakunta, Tilak Road, Hyderabad.

    PH: No.040 24757320

    Assistant Public Information Officer

    Additional Commissioner-II, Office of the Commissioner, Endowments Department, Boggulakunta, Tilak Road, Hyderabad.

    PH: No.040 - 24757320

    1st Appellate Authority

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    PROCEDURE FOR OBTAINING INFORMATION

    This information manual contains information about organization and functioning of Endowments Department. If any person is desirous of obtaining any other information, he shall make an information request to the PIO. The applicant is required to comply with the following conditions:

    The applicant shall be a citizen of India.

    As a proof of citizenship, any one of the following documents may be attached to the information request.

    Ration Card Pan Card Driving License Electricity Bill Passport document

    The information request shall be made in writing.

    The information request can be in one of the following Three languages.

    Telugu Hindi English

    Applicant shall pay the prescribed fee

    Applicants belonging to below poverty line (BPL) Category need not pay the fee. For claiming exemption from payment of fee under BPL category, the applicant shall attach a copy of Ration Card as a proof. The request for information will be generally processed within the time period under the Act.

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    Section 4 (1) (b) (i)

    PARTICULARS OF ORGINISATION, FUNCTIONS AND DUTIES

    ADDRESS: OFFICE OF THE COMMISSIONER, ENDOWMENTS DEPARTMENT, TILAK ROAD, BOGGULAKUNTA, A.P., HYDERABAD 500 001.

    Office of the Commissioner of Endowments deals with the following matters:

    01). Exercise of powers for preparation and publication of list of Charitable and Religious Institutions and Endowments in the state on the basis of Income u/s. 6 of the Endowments Act.

    02). Exercise of powers and functions under Section 8 (a) of the Endowments Act.

    03). Exercise of powers as a Corporate sole under section 7 of the Act.

    04). Exercise of powers to administer all charitable and Hindu Religious Institutions and Endowments under the general Superintendence.

    05). Constitution of Trust Boards to Hindu Religious and Charitable Institutions U/s. 15 of the A.P.C & H.R.I and Endowments Act 30 of 1987.

    06). Exercise of powers for suspension, removal or dismissal of a trustee appointed by him under Section 28 of the Act.

    07). Exercise of powers under section 38 of the Act for imposing any punishment to an office holder.

    08). Exercise of powers to register the Institution or Endowment under Section 43 of the Act.

    09). Exercise of powers to verify the correctness of Accounts of Dharmadayam under section 56 of the Act.

    10). Approval of budgets of Institutions U/s. 57 of the Act.

    11). Exercise of powers under Section 61 of the Act.

    12). Exercise of powers for assessment of contribution under Section 66 of the Act.

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    13). Administer Endowments Administration Fund created under Section 69 of the Act.

    14). Administer Common Good Fund created under Section 70 of the Act.

    15). Exercise of powers for utilization of surplus funds of the Institutions under Section 72 of the Act.

    16). Exercise of powers for determination and Application of properties and funds of defunct Institutions or Endowments under Section 73 of the Act.

    17). Appropriation of endowments under Section 74 of the Act.

    18). Exercise of powers for alienation of immovable property under Section 80 of the Act.

    19). Exercise of powers to compromise under Section 89 of the Act.

    20). Exercise of powers confirm the orders of the Deputy Commissioner under Section 87 (3) of the Act.

    21). Exercise of powers to hear appeals under Section 90 of the Act.

    22). Exercise of powers to call for Records and pass orders under Section 92 of the Act.

    23). Functions as a Trust Board member to Tirumala Tirupathi Devasthanam under Section 96 of the Act and exercise powers and functions as a Board Member under Section 97 of the Act.

    24). Exercise of powers to transfer proceedings under Section 132 of the Act.

    25). Exercise of powers for adoption or amalgamation of institutions and Endowments under Section 145 of the Act.

    26). Exercise of powers for imposition of fines and execution under section 147 of t