Right To Information

Right To Information

Mr Eldos Mathew Punnoose, First Secretary has been designated as the Central Public Information Officer (CPIO) and Mr. Vinod K. Jacob as the Appellate Authority for the purpose of Right to Information Act 2005, in respect of the High Commission of India, Colombo (Sri Lanka).

The contact details of the Appellate Authority and the Public Information Officer are as below:

Mr. Vinod K. Jacob, Deputy High Commissioner (Appellate Authority)

High Commission of India, 36-38 Galle Road, Colombo - 03, Sri Lanka

Tel : +94 11 2327587
Fax : +94 11 2446403
Email: dhc.colombo@mea.gov.in

(ii) Mr Eldos Mathew Punnoose First Secretary & Central Public Information Officer,

High Commission of India, 36-38 Galle Road, Colombo - 03, Sri Lanka

Tel : +94 11 2430160 ; +94 77 3066196
Fax : +94 11 244 6403
Email: pic.colombo@mea.gov.in

Applications seeking information under the RTI Act, 2005 may be sent along with the prescribed fee through e-IPO* (Electronic Indian Postal Order),equivalent to Indian Rs.10/- in cash/cheque or demand draft favouring High Commission of India, Colombo.

[The rate of exchange for a particular month may be ascertained from the High Commission.]

*Facility of e-IPO for payment of fee under the RTI Act, 2OO5

The Department of Personnel and Training and Department of Posts have launched a service called e-lPO (Electronic lndian Postal Order) to enable lndian Citizens residing in lndia or abroad to purchase an lndian Postal Order electronically by paying fee on-line through e-Post Office Portal i.e. http://www.epostoffice.gov.in to enable them to seek information under the RTl Act, 2005. It can also be accessed through lndia Post Website, i.e. www.indiapost.gov.in An e-lPO so generated must be used only once with an RTI application.

The User needs to get himself/herself registered at the website, he/she 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 for purchasing an Indian Postal Order electronically. All the requirements for filing an RTI application as well as other provisions regarding eligibility, time limit, exemptions, etc. will continue to apply.

[Click here to purchase an e-IPO for submitting an RTI application to Indian Missions abroad including the High Commission of India, Colombo.]

RTI ACT - 2005



the particulars of its organization, functions and duties;

High Commission of India is headed by High Commissioner assisted by Deputy High Commissioner and has following Wings:

(i) Political Wing
(ii) Chancery Wing
(iii) Press, Culture, and Information Wing
(iv) Defence Wing
(v) Development Cooperation Wing
(vi) Economic and Commerce Wing
(vii) Consular Wing
(viii)Education Wing.

The functions of the High Commission inter alia, include political and economic cooperation, trade and investment promotion, cultural interaction, press and media liaison, and scientific cooperation.

High Commission 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 High Commission 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 High Commission function under the guidance and supervision of High Commissioner.


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

Decisions are taken under the instruction and supervision of the High Commissioner.


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

Norms are set under the instruction and supervision of the High Commissioner.


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

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;

High Commission of India functions within the norms of India’s foreign policy formulated by the Ministry of External Affairs. Policy is implemented by the High Commission under the guidance and supervision of the High Commissioner.

High Commission 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;

A directory is given at Annexure-I


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-II


the budget allocated to each of its agency, indicating the particulars of all plans, proposed expenditures and reports on disbursements made;

The Budget figures for the current financial year are given in the statement at Annexure-III


the manner of execution of subsidy programmes, including the amounts allocated and the details of beneficiaries of such programmes;

High Commission 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 High Commission of India.


details in respect of the information, available to or held by it, reduced in an electronic form;

The High Commission’s website has the required information. High Commission also makes available to interested individuals various CD’s and DVD’s containing information on India, its people and culture.


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;

Details about working hours of library are available at our web-site.

Public Information officer :

Mr Eldos Mathew Punnoose First Secretary
Tel : +94 11 2430160 ; +94 77 3066196
Fax : +94 11 244 6403
Email : pic.colombo@mea.gov.in

Appellate Authority :

Mr. Vinod K. Jacob, Deputy High Commissioner
Tel : +94 11 2327587
Fax : +94 11 2448166

Email: dhc.colombo@mea.gov.in


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


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

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