About Us Right to Information

RIGHT TO INFORMATION 

The Right to Information under the provisions of the RTI Act is available to the citizens of India only. RTI Act is an important legislation designed to promote transparency and accountability in the functioning of public authorities. 

The full text of the RTI Act is available on the website: 
RTI-Act, 2005.pdf

The RTI Act also provides for appeals by aggrieved persons to the Central Information Commission of the Government of India. Indian citizens resident in Saudi Arabia may seek information in writing on payment of requisite fee during office hours on working days as per procedure laid down in the RTI Act, 2005.

Concerned officers for addressing applications under Right to Information Act, 2005 are as follows:

Central Public Information Officers (CPIOs)

1. Shri Pawan Kumar, Second Secretary (J&T) – RTI Coordinator

2. Col. G.S. Grewal, Defence Attache- Defence and Security matters

3. Shri Asim Anwar, Second Secretary(Commerce) - Economic and Commercial issues

4. Shri Sundeep Kaushal, Second Secretary(Political) -Political matters related issues

5. Ms.Ritu Yadav, Second Secretary (PIC)- Press, Information & Culture related matters

6. Shri Prem Selwal, Second Secretary (Cons & Visa) - Consular Issues such as Passport, Visa, Consular services, outsourcing and related matters

7. Shri Anil Raturi, Second Secretary (CW)- Community welfare related issues such as death, compensation/legal dues, labour, jail etc.

8. Shri Sunil Kumar, Second Secretary (HOC)- General Administration/Accounts related issues

First Appellate Authority

Shri M.R. Sajeev, Counsellor (CW)

Applications seeking information under the Act may be sent along with a fee in Saudi Riyal equivalent to INR 10/- (Indian Rupee ten only) in cheque or demand draft favoring Embassy of India, Riyadh.

It may be noted that 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, Riyadh, B-1, Diplomatic Quarter, P.B. No.94387, Riyadh–11693, Saudi Arabia.

It may also be pointed out that 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 the Embassy only when the subject matter can reasonably be presumed to pertain to the Embassy. 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 the Embassy, the application may be addressed to the concerned PIO directly.

Payment of RTI fee online - Electronic Indian Postal Order (eIPO)

The scheme of Electronic Indian Postal Order (eIPO) has been launched by the Department of Posts, Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, in association with Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT). This would enable the Indian citizens abroad to pay the RTI fee online.

An Indian Postal Order can be purchased electronically by paying a fee on-line through e-Post Office Portal or through India Post website. The web-links for payment are:

www.indiapost.gov.in

www.epostoffice.gov.in

The Credit Card or Debit Card of any bank powered by Visa/ Master/RuPay can be used for this purpose.

Procedure

The RTI applicant is required to register on the website to create his/ her profile. Then he has to select the Ministry/ Department from whom he desires to seek information under the RTI Act. The eIPO is generated which 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 sent in hard copy. In case RTI application is filed electronically, the eIPO is enclosed as an attachment. The profile is required to be created during the first time only.

The RTI application accompanied by an eIPO is similar in all respects to the RTI application accompanied by fees through any other approved mode. All the provisions regarding eligibility, time limit, exemptions etc; as provided in the RTI Act, 2005 continue to apply.

Currently, this facility is available only for Indian Citizens living anywhere other than in India. By this measure, those living abroad would be facilitated to seek information under the RTI Act, 2005. It is hoped that in future, this facility would be extended to all citizens within the country too. Any public authority which accepts a postal order should also accept an eIPO.

Extension of IPO Facility to Indians citizens residing in India 

The Department of Posts has extended the “eIPO” (electronic Indian Postal Order) service to Indian citizens residing in India also w.e.f. 13.02.2014, for purchasing Indian Postal Order electronically by paying a fee online through e-Post Office Portal i.e www.epostoffice.gov.in. It can also be accessed through India Post website www.indiapost.gov.in

This facility has been provided for Indian citizens to facilitate them to seek information from the Central Public information Officers (CPIOs) under the RTI Act, 2005. Debit or Credit Cards of any Bank powered by Visa/ Master can be used to purchase e-IPO.

The user needs to get registered at the website. He 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 the 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, eIPO is required to be attached as an attachment.

This facility is only for purchasing an Indian Postal Order electronically. All the requirements for filling an RTI application as well as other provisions regarding eligibility, time limit, exemptions etc. will continue to apply.

An eIPO so generated must be used only once with an RTI application.

Self disclosure Information about Embassy of India, Riyadh, under Section 4(1)(b) of the RTI Act, 2005

S. No.

Item

Details of disclosure

(i)

The particulars of its organization, functions and duties;

Name and address of the Organization:

Embassy of India, Riyadh, B-1, Diplomatic Quarter,

P.B. No.94387, Riyadh–11693, Saudi Arabia

Telephone: 00-966-11-4884144/4884691

FAX No. 00-966-11-4884750

Embassy of India in Riyadh is headed by Ambassador and has following Wings: (i) Administration, Education & Culture Wing (ii) Consular Wing (iii) Economic & Commerce Wing (iv) Political Wing & Information Wing (v) Community Welfare Wing (vi) Defence Wing. Each Wing is headed by a Counsellor/First Secretary/Second Secretary rank officer.

The Functions of the Embassy inter alia, include political and economic cooperation, trade and investment promotion, cultural interaction, press and media liaison, and rendering Passport, Visa and Consular services.

Embassy functions within the purview of business allocated to the Ministry of External Affairs under the Government of India’s Allocation of Business rules and Transaction of Business Rules.

The functions of the Embassy inter alia include political and economic cooperation, trade and investment promotion, scientific & technological cooperation, cultural interaction, press and media liaison, and consular, and community welfare operations, in bilateral and multilateral contexts.

(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 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.

The Officers of the Embassy function under the guidance and supervision of the Ambassador.

(iii)

The procedure followed in decision making process, including channels of supervision and accountability;

Decisions are taken under the instruction and supervision of the Ambassador.

(iv)

The norms for discharge of functions;

Norms 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 as amended from time to time.

Delegated Financial Powers of Government of India’s Representatives abroad,

Passport Act 

Manuals on Office Procedures Other Central Government Rules and manuals published by Central Government.

Visa Manual

Consular Manual

(vi)

A statements of the categories of documents held by it or under its control;

Classified documents/files relating to India’s external relations with Saudi Arabia.

Unclassified documents/files including joint statements, declarations, agreements and MoUs between India and Saudi Arabia.

Passport and consular services application forms both in online and physical format.

(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 constituted 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;

Embassy of India interacts regularly with representatives of various think tanks, councils, committees, academic community and others.

(ix)

A directory of officers and employees;

List of Officers is given at Annexure –I

(x)

The monthly remuneration received by officers & 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, including the particulars of all plans, proposed expenditures and reports on disbursements made;

The Budget figures for the financial year 2021-22 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. Embassy also makes available to interested individuals various brochures, CDs, and DVDs containing information on India, its people and culture

(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 is open from 9:00 am to 5:30 pm, or 0900 hrs to 1730 hrs from Sunday to Thursday. The holidays observed by the Embassy are given on the websites www.eoiriyadh.gov.in Embassy has a library which is open from 0900 hrs to 1530 hrs, Sunday to Thursday (except on gazette holidays)

(xvi)

The names, designations and other particulars of Public Information Officers;

Central Public Information Officers (CPIOs)

1. Shri Pawan Kumar, Second Secretary (J&T) – RTI Coordinator

2. Col. G.S. Grewal, Defence Attache- Defence and Security matters

3. Shri Asim Anwar, Second  Secretary(Commerce) -   Economic and Commercial issues

4. Shri Sundeep Kaushal, Second Secretary(Political) -Political matters related issues

5. Ms. Ritu Yadav, Second Secretary (PIC)- Press, Information & Culture related matters

6. Shri Prem Selwal, Second Secretary (Cons & Visa) -   Consular Issues such as Passport, Visa, Consular services, outsourcing and related matters

7. Shri Anil Raturi, Second Secretary (CW)- Community welfare related issues such as death, compensation/legal dues, labour, jail etc.

8.  Shri Sunil Kumar, Second Secretary (HOC)- General Administration/Accounts related issues

First Appellate Authority

Shri M.R. Sajeev, Counsellor (CW)

(xvii)

Such other information as may be prescribed and thereafter update these publications every year;

The Embassy’s website has information which is updated on a regular basis.