Right to Information - General

  1. Organisation and Function

1.1 Particulars of its organisation, functions and duties [Section 4(1)(b)(i)]

i) Name and address of the Organization:   

   ICAR-Central Institute of Fisheries Technology,
   CIFT Junction, Willingdon Island,
   Matsyapuri P. O., Cochin-682 029.

ii) Head of the organization: DIRECTOR, ICAR –CIFT.

iii) Vision, Mission and Key objectives:

Vision: To facilitate sustainable harvesting and total utilization of fishery resources through innovations in harvest and postharvest technologies.

Mission: Ensure responsible harvesting of fishery resources through eco-friendly, energy efficient and economical means;ensure total utilization of the harvested fish through appropriate processing, value addition, packaging and waste utilization; ensure food safety and nutritional security to the consumer and minimize carbon and water foot print per unit volume; and to ensure equitable benefits to the stakeholders, across the value chain.

Mandate (Key objectives):

  • Basic and strategic research in fishing and processing, bioactive compounds & food safety
  • Design and develop energy efficient fishing systems for responsible fishing and sustainable management
  • Development of implements and machinery for fishing and fish processing
  • Human resource development through training, education and extension

iv) Function and duties:

The ICAR-Central Institute of Fisheries Technology (CIFT) set up in 1957 is the only national center in the country where research in all disciplines relating to fishing and fish processing is undertaken. The institute started functioning at Cochin in 1957. Research centers function at Veraval (Gujarat), Visakhapatnam (AP) and Mumbai (Maharashtra).

The institute functions with the following mandate:

  • Basic and strategic research in fishing and processing.
  • Design and develop energy efficient fishing systems for responsible fishing and sustainable management
  • Development of implements and machinery for fishing and fish processing.
  • Human resource Development through training, education and extension.


The Director with whom all the administrative and financial powers of the institute are vested heads the institute. A Senior Administrative Officer and Asst. Administrative Officers assist him in matters relating to general administration. One Finance & Accounts Officer and one Assistant Finance and Accounts Officers look after the financial and accounting aspects and also the internal audit of the institute. A technical officer attends to the technical matters including those connected with research projects handled by the institute.

The research work at CIFT is carried by the following Research Divisions

  • Fishing Technology Division.
  • Fish Processing Division.
  • Biochemistry & Nutrition Division.
  • Quality Assurance & Management Division.
  • Engineering Section.
  • Extension, Information & Statistics Division.
  • Microbiology, Fermentation and Biotechnology Division

(v) Organization Chart


vi) Any other details-the genesis, inception, formation of the department and the HoDs from time to time as well as the committees/ Commissions constituted from time to time have been dealt:

The ICAR-Central Institute of Fisheries Technology (named at the time of inception as Central Fisheries Technology Research Station) was set-up following the recommendation of a high power committee constituted by the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Government of India. It started functioning at Kochi on 29th April, 1957 under the Department of Agriculture of the then Ministry of Food and Agriculture with a small nucleus of staff for research work in fishing craft and gear. Other Divisions soon followed. The administrative control of the Institute was brought under the Indian Council of Agricultural Research on 1 October, 1967.


1.2      Power and duties of its officers and employees [Section 4(1) (b)(ii)]

  1. Powers and duties of officers (administrative, financial and judicial): CIFT is a unit of Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR).  Director of the Institute exercises the powers as delegated by the Governing Body of ICAR and by Govt. of India for Heads of Departments.
  2. Power and duties of other employees: As per the Delegation of Powers approved by the ICAR, New Delhi and as re-delegated by the Director.
  3. Rules/ orders under which powers and duty are derived and Exercised: As per the orders of GOI and ICAR.
  4. Work allocation: As per the Organization and Management Rules prescribed by ICAR.


1.3      Procedure followed in decision making process [Section 4(1)(b)(iii)]

  1. Process of decision making Identify key decision making points:

  1. Final decision making authority: DIRECTOR, ICAR –CIFT/DG-ICAR
  2. Related provisions, acts, rules etc.: As per the rules and guidelines issued by the GOI and approved by the ICAR.
  3. Time limit for taking decisions, if any: As expeditiously as possible.
  4. Channel of supervision and accountability: As per the flowchart displayed.


1.4      Norms for discharge of functions [Section 4(1)(b)(iv)]

  1. Nature of functions/ services offered: Research.
  2. Norms/ standards for functions/ service delivery: As per ISO/IEC 17025 NABL  & ISO 9001:2015 standards.
  3. Process by which these services can be accessed: Through Online or can forward the requests to the Director, ICAR-CIFT by hand or by post.
  4. Time-limit for achieving the targets: Since the mandate is Research, no specific time-limit can be given.
  5. Process of redress of grievances:    Grievance Committee has been constituted at the Institute level for addressing grievances of the Staff of ICAR-CIFT.  

1.5      Rules, regulations, instructions manual and records for discharging functions[Section 4(1)(b)(v)] 

  1. Title and nature of the record/ manual /instruction: The various Sections of the CIFT have the files, documents /records relating to their Sections along with the references and the correspondence.
  2. List of Rules, regulations, instructions manuals and records:
  • Central Secretariat Manual on Office Procedure
  • Establishment & Administration Manual
  • Fundamental Rules & Supplementary Rules -I (General Rules)
  • Fundamental Rules & Supplementary Rules - II (Traveling Allowance Rules)
  • Central Civil Services (Leave Rules)
  • General Financial Rules - 2017
  • Delegation of Financial Powers Rules
  • CCS (Pension Rules)
  • Seniority & Promotion Rules
  • Conduct Rules
  • House Building Advance Rules
  • CCS (CCA) Rules
  • Brochure on Verification of Character &Antecedents
  • Instructions, guidelines etc. issued by the Department of Personnel & Training, Ministry of Finance etc. from time to time.
  • Rules and Bye-laws of the ICAR Society
  • Delegation of Powers
  • ARS Rules
  • Handbook on Technical Service Rules
  • Recruitment Rules framed for different posts in ICAR​

iii. Acts/ Rules manuals etc.: As detailed at Sl. No. 1.5(ii) above.

iv. Transfer policy and transfer orders: As per ICAR Guidelines.

1.6      Categories of documents held by the authority under its control[Section 4(1)(b) (vi)]

  1. Categories of documents: ‘B’ & ‘C’ Category of Records are held at this Institute as per GOI guidelines.
  2. Custodian of documents/categories: Heads of Divisions/Sections.


1.7      Boards, Councils, Committees and other Bodies constituted as part of the Public Authority Section 4(1)(b)(viii)]

  1. Name of Boards, Council, Committee etc.: The QRT, RAC, IMC, Grievance Cell, IJSC and PMC are the committees which help the Institute in guiding and implementing its various activities.
  2. Composition:


Quinqennial Review Team (QRT)as on 30.05.2020


Dr. K.S.M.S. Raghavrao, Director, CSIR-CFTRI, Mysore – 570020


Dr. B. Sundramoorthy, Dean I/C, Professor and Head, Dr. M.G.R. Fisheries College & Research Centre, TNUJFU Campus, First Line Beach Head, Nagapattinam (TN)


Dr. K.C. Dora, Former Dean, Deptt. of Fish Processing Technology, Faculty of Fishery Science, W.B.A.F.S, Kolkata (WB)


Dr. Udey S. Annapure, Professor & Head, Food Engineering Technology Department, Institute of Chemical Technology (ICT), Nathalal Parakh Marg, Matunga, Mumbai (MH)


Dr. V. R. Joshi, Former Professor & Head, Banashri, Plot No.11, Survey No.18/D, Banashankari Layout, KUmarashwar Nagar, Dharwad (Karnataka)


Dr. N. Bhaskar, Advisor, Food Safety and Standards Authority of India, 3rd and 4th Floor, FDA Bhawan, Near Bal Bhawan, Kotla Road, New Delhi


Dr. Satyen Kumar Panda, PS. QAM Division, ICAR-CIFT, Kochi (Kerala)

Member Secretary


Research Advisory Committee (RAC)as on 30.05.2020


Dr. G. Sugumar
Vice Chancellor, TNFU
Tamil Nadu Dr. J. Jayalalitha Fisheries University,
Vettar River View Campus,
Nagapattinam – 611002

2.  Dr. E. Vivekanandan
Former Principal Scientist, CMFRI,
9, Sarathy Nagar, 5th Street,
Velachery, Chennai-600042
3. Dr. K. C. Dora
Former Dean College ofFisheries,
WBUAFS, Faculty of Fishery Sciences,
5, Budherhat Road, P.O. Panchasayrar,
Kolkata – 700094
4. Dr. G. Banuprakash Reddy,
Scientist - G & Head,
Biochemistry division,
ICMR - National Institute of Nutrition,
Beside Tarnaka Metro Station,
Jamai-Osmania PO, Hyderabad-500 00
5. Dr. Ganesh Kumar,
Principal Scientist,
Agribusiness Management Division
ICAR-National Academy of Agricultural
Research Management, Rajendranagar,
Hyderabad – 500030
6. Dr. V. Murugadas
Senior Scientist
MFB Division
ICAR-Central Institute of Fisheries Technology
Matsyapuri post
Willingdon island
Cochin 29
Member Secretary


Institute Management Committee (IMC)as on 14.09.2022


Sl. No

Name & Address of IMC Members

Contact Number






Shri P. I. Sheik Pareeth, MD

Kerala State Coastal Area Development Corporation Limited.,

1st Floor, Chalachithra Kalabhavan Building,

Vazhuthacaud, Thiruvananthapuram,

Kerala– 695 014.




Dr. Shamila Monteiro,

Director of Fisheries,

Govt. of Goa, Dept. of Fisheries,

D. B. Bandodkar Marg,

Panaji- Goa, 403001.

08322 – 2224838 & 2224660

(Dir.) 0832-2227780

E-mail :   Mob:9326125026



Fisheries Science,

Junagadh Agricultural University, Rajendrabhawan Road, Veraval,

Gujarat – 362 265.

Phone: (Office) +91-2876-221053.

Dr. M. N. Brahmbhatt, Dean in charge Mob:6355800833


Shri Seshan T. S.,

Thayattuparambil House, Kalavampara Lane, Kochambalam, Nayarambalam P. O., Ernakulam District, PIN – 682509.




Dr. P. Shanmuganandam,
2/232, Rajesh Nagar,

15B Mettupatti (PO),

Alanganallur (Via), Vadipatti Taluk, Madurai – 625 502.



Dr. Shubhadeep Ghosh,

Principal Scientist & SIC, Visakhapatnam RC of CMFRI

Promoted as ADG (M.Fy), ICAR, New Delhi.


Dr. K. S. Sobhana,

Scientist-in-Charge, Library and Documentation Centre, CMFRI, Kochi




Dr. Rupam Sharma,

Pr. Scientist, CIFE, Mumbai



Dr. Pravata K. Pradhan,

Pr. Scientist, NBFGR, Lucknow.



Assistant Director General (M.Fy), ICAR Krishi Anusandhan Bhvan-II,

Pusa New Delhi-12




Shri K. S. Sreekumaran, ICAR-CMFRI, Cochin



Sr. Administrative Officer,

CIFT, Cochin-682029


Grievance Cell constituted on 02.12.2021

Director, ICAR-CIFT Chairman

Nominated Members

Chief Admn. Officer, ICAR-CIFT

Chief Fin. & Accts. Officer, ICAR-CIFT

Shri. Ranjith Kumar Nadella, Scientist, ICAR-CIFT

Sh. Babu K S, Tech. Officer., ICAR-CIFT

Elected Members

Smt. Sobha K S, UDC, ICAR-CIFT, Veraval

Smt. Mary Vineetha P T, SSS, ICAR-CIFT

Admn. Officer, ICAR-CIFT

Member Secretary



Institute Joint Staff Council (IJSC) constituted on 05.03.2020


Dr. George Ninan, Director 



Dr. J Bindu, HOD-in-Charge, FP

Member (Official Side)


Dr. Remesan M P, HOD-in-Charge, FT

Member (Official Side)


Dr. Nikita Gopal, HOD-in-Charge, EIS

Member (Official Side)


Dr. R Anandan, HOD-in-Charge, MFB

Member (Official Side)


Head of Administration

Secretary , IJSC (Official Side)


Head of Accounts

Member (Official Side)


Shri. Vipin Kumar V, Senior Technical Assistant

Secretary (Staff Side)


Shri. Vinod G, Technical Assistant

Member( Staff Side)


Shri. Mani P, Assistant

Member( Staff Side)


Shri. P N Nikhil Das,  LDC

Member( Staff Side)


 Shri. Deepak Vin V, SSS

Member( Staff Side)


Shri. K R Rajasaravanan, SSS

Member( Staff Side)


The Project Monitoring & Evaluation Committee (PMC) constituted on 22.07.2016 

Chairman: Dr. George Ninan, Director, CIFT, Cochin.
Members: Heads of Divisions of CIFT, Cochin.
Member Secretary: In-Charge, PME Cell


iii) Dates from which constituted: As indicated above.

iv) Term/ Tenure: As per ICAR Bye Law/Guidelines.

v) Powers and functions: As per ICAR Bye Law/ICAR Orders.

vi) Whether their meetings are open to the public?: No

vii) Whether the minutes of the meetings are open to the public?: Yes

viii) Place where the minutes if open to the public are available?: Institute website.           

1.8      Directory of officers and employees [Section 4(1) (b) (ix)]     

ICAR-CIFT Telephone Directory  


1.9      Monthly Remuneration received by officers & employees including system of compensation[Section 4(1) (b) (x)]

  1. List of employees with Gross monthly remuneration: Link to be provided as per the list enclosed.

  2. System of compensation as provided in its regulations            : As per GOI/ICAR Guidelines.


1.10    Name, designation and other particulars of public information officers[Section 4(1) (b) (xvi)]

First Appellate Authority:

Dr. George Ninan, Director
Central Institute of Fisheries Technology
CIFT Junction, Matsyapuri P. O, Cochin - 682029
Phone (O): 0484 2412300

Central Public Information Officer:

Shri.Mahesh B.Khubdikar,
Chief Administrative Officer  & Central Public Information Officer
Central Institute of Fisheries Technology
Matsyapuri P.O., Cochin-682 029
Ph: (O) : 0484  2412300
Mobile  : 9637458805


Central Assistant Public Information Officer:

Shri. Vinodhkumar M. N
Assistant Administrative Officer & Assistant Central Public Information Officer
Central Institute of Fisheries Technology
Matsyapuri P.O., Cochin-682 029
Ph: (O) : 0484 2412300
Fax: 91484-2668212

1.11    No. of employees against whom Disciplinary action has been proposed/ taken(Section 4(2))

No. of employees against whom disciplinary action has been,

  1. Pending for Minor penalty or major penalty proceedings: NIL
  2. Finalised for Minor penalty or major penalty proceedings: NIL


1.12    Programmes to advance understanding of RTI (Section 26)         


  1. Educational programmes: NIL
  2. Efforts to encourage public authority to participate in these programmes: NIL
  3. Training of CPIO/APIO: Undertaken
  4. Update & publish guidelines on RTI by the Public Authorities concerned: NIL

1.13    Transfer policy and transfer orders[F No. 1/6/2011- IR dt. 15.4.2013]:

As per ICAR Guidelines.


2.        Budget and Programme


2.1 Budget allocated to each agency including all plans, proposed expenditure and reports on disbursements made etc. [Section 4(1)(b)(xi)]

  1. Total Budget for the public authority:  BE 2022-23
  2. Budget for each agency and plan & programmes: BE 2022-23
  3.  Proposed expenditures: 100% utilisation of the budget.
  4.  Revised budget for each agency, if any: At present, not available.
  5.  Report on disbursements made and place where the related reports are available: Audit & Accounts Section, ICAR-CIFT.


2.2 Foreign and domestic tours  (F. No. 1/8/2012- IR dt. 11.9.2012)

  1. Budget: 35 lakhs
  2. Foreign and domestic Tours by ministries and officials of the rank of Joint Secretary to the Government and above, as well as the heads of the Department:

    a) Places visited:

    b) The period of visit: 

    c) The number of members in the official delegation: 

    d) Expenditure on the visit: Rs.2,56,949.00.

  3. Information related to procurements

Tenders :  Link

cpp portal: Link

Details of procurement of equipment during 2022-23:  Link

2.3 Manner of execution of subsidy programme [Section 4(i)(b)(xii)]

  1. Name of the programme of activity: NIL
  2. Objective of the programme: Not Applicable.
  3. Procedure to avail benefits: Not Applicable.
  4. Duration of the programme/ scheme: Not Applicable.
  5. Physical and financial targets of the programme: Not Applicable.
  6. Nature/ scale of subsidy /amount allotted: Not Applicable.
  7. Eligibility criteria for grant of subsidy: Not Applicable.
  8. Details of beneficiaries of subsidy programme (number, profile etc): Not Applicable.


2.4 Discretionary and non-discretionary grants [F. No. 1/6/2011-IR dt. 15.04.2013]

  1. Discretionary and non-discretionary grants/ allocations to State Govt./ NGOs/other institutions: NIL
  2. Annual accounts of all legal entities who are provided grants by public authorities:

2.5 Particulars of recipients of  concessions, permits of authorizations granted by the public authority [Section 4(1) (b) (xiii)]

  1. Concessions, permits or authorizations granted by public authority: NIL.
  2. For each concession, permit or authorization granted: Not Applicable.

    a) Eligibility criteria: Not Applicable.
    b) Procedure for getting the concession/ grant and/ or permits of authorizations: Not Applicable.
    c) Name and address of the recipients given concessions/permits or authorisations: Not Applicable.
    d) Date of award of concessions /permits of authorizations: Not Applicable.

2.6 CAG & PAC paras [F No. 1/6/2011- IR dt. 15.4.2013]

CAG and PAC paras and the action taken reports (ATRs) after these have been laid on the table of both houses of the parliament: There are no CAG and PAC paras pertaining to this Institute.

3.        Publicity Band Public interface

3.1 Particulars for any arrangement for consultation with or representation by the members of the public in relation to the formulation of policy or implementation there of [Section 4(1)(b)(vii)][F No 1/6/2011-IR dt. 15.04.2013]

Arrangement for consultations with or representation by the members of the public:


i. Relevant Acts, Rules, Forms and other documents which are normally accessed by citizens


Published in the Institute website.

 ii. Arrangements for consultation with or representation by

  1. Members of the public in policy formulation/ policy implementation






Consultations are made with the General Stakeholders as per requirement.

  1. Day & time allotted for visitors


 09.00 AM to 05.30PM from Monday to Friday

  1. Contact details of Information & Facilitation Counter (IFC) to provide publications frequently sought by RTI applicants


ICAR-CIFT Reception.
PH:0484 2412300


Public- private partnerships (PPP): At present, ICAR-CIFT is not involved in any Public-private partnerships.

3.2 Are the details of policies / decisions, which affect public, informed to them [Section 4(1) (c)]

Publish all relevant facts while formulating important policies or announcing decisions which affect public to make the process more interactive;

  1. Policy decisions/ legislations taken in the previous one year: NIL
  2. Outline the Public consultation process: NIL
  3. Outline the arrangement for consultation before formulation of policy: NIL

4.        E. Governance

4.1 Language in which Information Manual/Handbook Available [F No. 1/6/2011-IR dt. 15.4.2013]

(i) English: Yes

(ii) Vernacular Language: Yes, Hindi

4.2 When was the information Manual/Handbook last updated?[F No. 1/6/2011-IR dt 15.4.2013]

Last date of annual updation: 2018

       4.3 Information available in electronic form [Section 4(1)(b)(xiv)]

(i) Details of information available in electronic form:

  • Annual Report
  • Research Publications
  • Other Periodic Publications
  • Advertisements/Tenders
  • Circulars
  • Telephone Directory

      4.4 Particulars of facilities available to citizen for obtaining information [Section 4(1)(b)(xv)]

  • Website
  • The requests can be forwarded to the Director, ICAR-CIFT by e-mail, by hand or by post.

Contact us

4.5 Such other information as may be prescribed under section 4(i) (b)(xvii)

(i) Grievance redressal mechanism: Grievance Committee is constituted at the Institute level for addressing the grievances of the staff of the Institute.
(ii) List of completed schemes/ projects/ Programmes: Link to Projects should be given.
(iii) List of schemes/ projects/ programme underway:
       Link to Institue Projects
       Link to Externally Funded Projects
(iv) Annual Report: Link 
(v) Any other information such as
a) Citizen’s Charter: Link 
b) Result Framework Document (RFD): click on 
Quick Links and click on Results Framework Document

(vi) Details of all contracts entered into including name of the contractor, amount of contract and period of completion of contract: Link

4.6 Receipt & Disposal of RTI applications & appeals [F.No.1/6/2011-IR dt. 15.04.2013]

(i) Details of applications received and disposed:19 nos. of RTI applications received during the year 2022-23 and all of them are disposed

(ii) Details of appeals received and orders issued:03 nos. of appeals were received and necessary orders were given.

     4.7 Replies to questions asked in the Parliament [Section 4(1)(d)(2)]

Details of questions asked and replies given:04 nos. of questions received in the FY 2022-23 and necessary replies have been given.

    5. Information as may be prescribed

5.1 Such other information as may be prescribed [F.No. 1/2/2016-IR dt. 17.8.2016, F No. 1/6/2011-IR dt. 15.4.2013]

  • Name & details of

a) Current CPIOs &FAAs :Displayed in the website.

b) Earlier CPIO & FAAs from 1.1.2015: First Appellate Authority:


Dr. Geoege Ninan, Director 
Central Institute of Fisheries Technology
CIFT Junction, Matsyapuri P. O, Cochin - 682029
Phone (O): 0484 2412300


Central Public Information Officer:


Shri.Mahesh B.Khubdikar,
Chief Administrative Officer  & Central Public Information Officer
Central Institute of Fisheries Technology
Matsyapuri P.O., Cochin-682 029
Ph: (O) : 0484  2412300
Mobile  : 9637458805
Fax: 91484-2668212


  1. Details of third party audit of voluntary disclosure

a) Dates of audit carried out: Not displayed.

b) Report of the audit carried out: Not displayed.

  1. Appointment of Nodal Officers not below the rank of Joint Secretary/ Additional HoD

a) Date of appointment: Not displayed.

b) Name & Designation of the officers: Not displayed.

  1. Consultancy committee of key stake holders for advice on suo-motu disclosure

a) Dates from which constituted: Not constituted.

b) Name & Designation of the officers: Not Applicable.

  1. Committee of PIOs/FAAs with rich experience in RTI to identify frequently sought information under RTI

a) Dates from which constituted: Not constituted.

b) Name & Designation of the Officers: Not Applicable.

6. Information Disclosed on own Initiative

6.1  Item / information disclosed so that public have minimum resort to use of RTI Act to obtain information: Information as applicable are displayed on the website.

6.2 Guidelines for Indian Government Websites (GIGW) is followed (released in February, 2009 and included in the Central Secretariat Manual of Office Procedures (CSMOP) by Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances, Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievance and Pensions, Govt. Of India)

  1. Whether STQC certification obtained and its validity:

1. NABL: ISO/IEC 17025: 2017, Validity up to: 14.12.2020

2. ISO 9 001:2015, Validity up to: 31 March 2020

  1. Does the website show the certificate on the Website? :

NABL: ISO/IEC 17025: 2017

ISO 9 001:2015


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