About Us Right to Information

The Right to Information Act

Applications seeking information under the RTI Act, 2005 may be sent along with the prescribed fee through e-IPO* (Electronic Indian Postal Order) OR in Korean Won, equivalent to Indian Rs. I0/- in cash/cheque or demand draft favouring Embassy of India, Seoul. The rate of exchange for particular month may be ascertained from the Embassy of India,Seoul.

Facility of e-IPO for payment of fee under the RTI Act, 2005

With a view to especially facilitate the NRIs, the Department of Personnel and Training and Department of Posts has launched a service called e-IPO (Electronic Indian Postal Order) for purchase of Indian Postal Order electronically thus paying fee on-line through e-Post Office Portal i.e. http://www.epostoffice.gov.in for seeking information under the act. It can also be accessed through India Post Website,i.e.www.indiapost.gov.in. An e-IPO so generated must be used only once with an RTI application.

The User needs to get himself 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 e-IPO so generated can be used to seek information from that Ministry/Department only. A printout of the e-IPO is required to be attached with the RTI application. If the RTI application is being filed electronically, e-IPO is required to be attached as an attachment. For more details please visit the website http://www.epostoffice.gov.in.

This facility is only enables the payment of fee electronically. All there requirements for filing an RTI application as well as other provisions regarding eligibility, time limit, exemptions,etc. will continue to apply.

It may be noted that information provided under the Act is available to citizens of India only. OCI/PIO Card holders are foreign nationals, holding foreign passports and are, therefore, not eligible to seek information under the RTI Act 2005. 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.

Information about the Embassy, Required Under Section 4(1)(B) of the RTI Act, 2005

Contact details of officers for addressing applications under Right to Information Act, 2005:-

Nodal Officers, Embassy Of India, Seoul:

Public Information Officer(PIO) :

Mr. Sharique Badr

First Secretary/HOC, Embassy of India, Seoul

Tel: 02-798-4243/ Fax:02-798-4255 / e-mail: hoc.seoul@mea.gov.in

Appellate Authority :

Mr. Surinder Bhagat

Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of India in Seoul

Tel: 02-797-9308/ 02-796-9534 (Fax) / e-mail: dcm.seoul@mea.gov.in

It may be noted 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 Public 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.

Information about the Embassy, Required Under Section 4(1)(B) of the RTI Act, 2005


the particulars of its organization, functions and duties;

Embassy of India, Seoul is headed by Ambassador and has the following 06 Wings: (I) Chancery Wing (ii) Consular Wing (iii) Defence Wing (iv) Economic & Commerce Wing (v) Political Wing (vi) [Swami Vivekananda Cultural Center].

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

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 powers 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.

Consular powers are derived from the Passport Act of India.

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


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

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


the norms set by it for the discharge of its functions;

Norms are set under the instruction and supervision of the Ambassador.


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 annexes

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

Passport Act

Manuals on Office Procedures

Other Central Government Rules and manuals published by Central Government.


a statement of the categories of documents that are held by it or under its control;

Classified documents/files relating to India’s external relations

Unclassified documents/files including joint statements, declarations, agreements and MoUs.

Passport and consular services application forms.


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

Embassy interacts regularly with representatives of think tanks, academic community and others.


a statement of the boards, 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 meetings are accessible for public;


a directory of its officers and employees;

The directory of officers may be seen at Embassy’s webpage : www.indembassyseoul.gov.in


the monthly remuneration received by each of its officers and employees, including the system of compensation as provided in its regulations;

A statement of monthly remuneration is at Annexure-I


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.


particulars of recipients of concessions, permits or authorizations granted by it;

No concessions/permits are granted by Embassy of India.


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.


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 of India has a Cultural Center which is open to the public during 10:00-12:00 and 14:00-17:00


the names, designations and other particulars of the Public Information Office

Mr. Sharique Badr

First Secretary/HOC, Embassy of India, Seoul

Tel: 02-798-4243/ Fax:02-798-4255 / e-mail: hoc.seoul@mea.gov.in


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.