RIGHT TO INFORMATION
under the Right to Information Act, 2005 and charging of fees and cost for the
1. The parliament of
India has passed an enactment granting rights to all citizens to obtain
information under the control of Public Authorities in order to promote
transparency. The Act has come into force on and from 12th Oct 2005
as regards the obligation to provide information. The other obligations of
Public Authorities include designating Central and State Public Information
Officers, Assistant Public Information Officers and Appellate Authorities.
(OISD) to guide the Public Information Officers and Appellate Authorities in
all matters pertaining to the Act.
information (barring certain exceptions, as clarified later ) in any form,
including copies of records, documents, memos, emails, opinions, advises, press
releases, circulars, orders, contracts, reports, papers and data held in any
electronic form will have to be provided by the Public Information
Officer upon request from any citizen along with prescribed fees, within 30
days from the date of receipt of request
4. The Central Public
Information Officer, as aforesaid, shall receive requests for information,
accept the fees/ cost for providing the same, collect the information, get the
information (being given) cleared by the ED, OISD and thereafter provide the
same to the applicant. CPIO will ensure that the information is provided within the
prescribed time limit.
5. It is to be noted
that a penalty has been prescribed under the Act for; (a) refusing to receive
an application for information (b) not furnishing the information within the
specified time or (c) malafidely denying the request for information or (d)
knowingly giving the incorrect, incomplete or misleading information or (e)
destroying information which has been requested or (f) obstructing in any
manner in furnishing the information. The penalty prescribed is Rs 250 per day
till the information is furnished, subject to a maximum of Rs 25,000. This
has to be paid by the CPIO or the person who has not so given or parted with
the information, though requested by the Public Information Officer CPIO.
6. The fees prescribed
for giving information under the Right to Information Act, 2005 is as under: -
a) For every request for
information, a fee of Rs 10 plus
b) The fee for providing
information under sec 7(1) and 7(5) is: -
i. Rs.2/- for each page
(of A-4 or A-3 size paper) created or copied.
ii. Actual charge / cost
for copying larger size paper
iii. Actual cost or price
for samples or models
iv. rupees fifty
(Rs.50/-) per diskette or floppy; and
v. price fixed for a
publication or rupees two per page of photocopy for extracts from the
vi. so much of postal
charges involved in supply of information that exceeds fifty rupees.
inspection of records, the public authority shall charge no fee for the first
hour. But a fee of rupees five (Rs.5/-) for each subsequent hour (or fraction
thereof) shall be charged.
viii. If the
applicant belongs to the below poverty line (BPL) category, he is not required
to pay any fee.
c) The fees shall be
charged and received by way of
i. cash against proper
ii. by Demand Draft or
iii. cheque payable to payable to Oil Industry Safety
anything stated above, there shall be no obligation to give any citizen the following information:
a) Information, the
disclosure of which would prejudicially affect the sovereignty and integrity of
India, the security, strategy, scientific or economic interests of State,
relation with foreign state or lead to incitement of an offence;
b) Information which has
been expressly forbidden to be published by any Court of Law or Tribunal or the
disclosure of which may constitute contempt of court;
Information, the disclosure of which
would cause a breach of privilege of Parliament or the State Legislature;
Information including commercial
confidence, trade secrets or intellectual property, the disclosure of which
would harm the competitive position of a third party, unless the Competent
Authority is satisfied that larger public interest warrants the disclosure of
Information available to a person in
his fiduciary relationship, unless the competent authority is satisfied that
the larger public interest warrants the disclosure of such
Information received in confidence from
Information, the disclosure of which
would endanger the life or physical safety of any person or identify the source
of information or assistance given in confidence for law enforcement for
Information which would impede the
process of investigation or apprehension or prosecution of offenders;
Cabinet papers including records of
deliberations of the Council of Ministers, secretaries and other officers;
Information which relates to personal
information the disclosure of which has no relationship to any public activity
or interest, or which would cause unwarranted invasion of the privacy of
the individual unless the Central Public Information officer or the state
public information officer or the Appellate Authority, as the case may be is
satisfied that the larger public interest justifies the disclosure of such
information; provided that the information, which cannot be denied to the
parliament or a state legislature shall not be denied to any person.
Where the disclosure would involve an
infringement of copyright subsisting in a person other than the Govt. of India.
(Refer section 8 and 9 of the Right to Information Act 2005)
In short, the following information need not be disclosed; -
Information having no relationship to
any public activity or interest or which would cause unwarranted invasion of
privacy of the individual.
Information relating to trade secrets,
commercial confidence or intellectual property, the disclosure of which would
harm the competitive position of the third party.
Information which would impede the
process of investigation or prosecution of offenders.
Information prohibited by a court, etc.
8. As stated earlier,
consultation may be had from the members of the team constituted as aforesaid,
should there be any question as to whether a particular information ought to
the provided or not and matter got cleared by the ED, OISD before providing the
9. The Appellate
Authority shall under Sec 19 receive appeals from persons aggrieved by any decision
of the public information officers or who is aggrieved because of not receiving
a decision in time. Appeals must be admitted if filed within thirty days from
the date of receipt of decision or the expiry of the period prescribed for
giving information. An appeal at a later date may be admitted if the appellate
authority is satisfied that he appellant was prevented by sufficient cause form
filing the appeal in time. All appeals shall be disposed of within thirty days
of the date of receipt of appeal, with reasons to be recorded in writing.
10. All departments are
advised to keep all records which are capable of being computerized, in
computerized form so that information is readily available.
UNDER RTI ACT, 2005 ( Updated on April 2023)
i. The particulars of
its organization, functions and duties: -
Directorate has the following functions and responsibilities: -
- Oversee the implementation of all the
decisions of the Safety Council.
- Keep abreast of the latest design and
operating practices in the area of safety and fire fighting in the
hydrocarbon processing industry in the developed countries, so as to
develop standards and codes that would be suitable for the conditions in
with the statutory organizations on current views and developments and
help evolve a concerted effort for the industry;
- Carry out periodic safety audits, review,
suggest procedures for improvements and report on the implementation of
the suggestions to Safety Council;
- Collect the relevant information and exchange
it with the members of the oil industry including information regarding
near accidents, accidents and disasters occurring in the oil industry, and
shall also organize inter-country meetings for exchange of experience;
- Carry out enquiries into accidents, whenever
required, and provide support to Enquiry Committees set up by the
- Carries out supervision of safety of offshore
installations by means of consents, investigations, verifications and
ii. The powers and duties
of its officers and employees
OISD Officers and
their Roles & Responsibilities
The Directors are
Head of Dept. of different groups viz. Process & Engineering, Marketing,
Exploration & Production and Pipelines and all the Directors report to
Executive Director-OISD. Their job responsibilities include: -
- To update
- To interact with Statutory Organizations
Audits and monitoring of recommendations
carry out investigation into incidents/ accidents, whenever required and provide
support to Enquiry Committee set up by the Government.
with internal groups of OISD.
organize Training Programs/ Workshops as an experience sharing platform.
Technical Officers as
Additional/ Joint/ Deputy Directors in different groups are reporting to
Directors and their responsibilities include: -
- To provide technical input for standard
- Safety Audits and monitoring of
- To carry out investigation into incidents/
accidents, whenever required and provide support to Enquiry Committee set
up by the Government.
- Evaluation of safety awards and putting up for
approval from Chairman, Safety Council through Safety Awards Committee.
- To organize Training Programs/ Workshops.
- Replying to Industry/ Ministry queries.
Administration and Finance Section
Managing of funds from OIDB and reconciliation
of expenditure on monthly basis
Concurrence of proposal as per General Financial Rules 2017 of Government of India
Raising of invoice for
Pre-Commissioning Audit to oil companies
Preparation of Budgets Estimates for approval from Safety Council
Remittance of debit notes of oil
companies, contractors & supplier’s bills and remittance of employees bills
iii. The procedure
followed in the decision making process, including channels of supervision and
The process of
decision making, supervision and accountability is in line with duties,
functions and the reporting channel.
iv. The norms set by it
for the discharge of its functions
As per the code
of conduct rules of respective oil companies of the officers & staff.
v. The rules,
regulations, instructions, manuals and records, held by it or under its control
or used by its employees for discharging its functions;
Various Govt. Acts/ Rules
applicable to Oil & Gas industry, Standards as developed by OISD, GFR 2017
and minutes of Safety Council & Steering Committee meetings.
vi. A statement of the
categories of documents that are held by it or under its control.
All the above
documents are available at OISD.
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
All policy matters
are decided by Safety Council or Ministry. Development/ Revision of Standards
involves public participation. For the same the new/ under revision Standards
are webhosted for inviting views/ comments from public, professionals, and/or
members of professional bodies etc.
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
two councils/ committees are constituted:
Safety Council: Apex
body of OISD headed
by Secretary of MoP&NG as Chairman and includes as members the Chief
Executives of Public Sector, Private / JVs Sector (rotational basis), Statutory
bodies such as Chief Controller of Explosives, Director General of Mines
Safety, Adviser (Fire), Secretary, Central Electricity Authority and Director
General of Factory Advice Service and Labour Institute.
Steering Committee: It consists of members from Industry
nominated by respective organizations and Functional Directors of OISD.
Minutes of Safety
Council & Steering Committee meetings are available.
Directory of its officers &employees:
The monthly remuneration received by
each of its officers and employees, including the system of compensation as
provided in its regulations
OISD does not have
its own cadre and the manpower is drawn from various PSU oil companies on
deputation. Therefore, salary administration is regulated through respective
The budget allocated to each of its
agency, indicating the particulars of all plans, proposed expenditures and
reports on disbursements made;
OISD has only one
office located in New Delhi and the funds for its running are provided by OIDB.
The manner of execution of subsidy
programs, including the amounts allocated and the details of beneficiaries of
OISD does not have any
particulars of recipients of
concessions, permits, or authorizations granted by it
OISD does not grant
any concessions, permits or authorization for onland Oil & Gas industry
activities. For offshore Oil & Gas activities OISD being the competent
authority to ensure implementation of Petroleum & Natural Gas (Safety in
Offshore Operations) Rules 2008, it accords consent for operations in offshore.
Details in respect of information,
available to or held by it reduced in an electronic form
Most of the
information i.e. OISD Standards, OISD Case Studies, Safety Alerts, PNG Rules
2008, Guidance Notes to PNG Rules 2008, training program/ workshop papers etc. has
been reduced to electronic form.
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
OISD is maintaining a
website www.oisd.in. Citizens desirous of obtaining information may visit the
website. OISD has also hosted on its website the particulars of Public
Information Officer under Right to Information Act. However, library or
reading room is not maintained for public use/ for obtaining information.
xvi. The names, designations and other particulars of the Public Information Officers.
Such other information as may be
a) Information related to procurement
Public-Private Partnership: Not
policy and transfer orders:
all employees in OISD are on deputation from OMCs / PSUs, the transfer policy
and orders are as per their respective parent organizations.
RTI applications: .
CAG & PAC paras : Presently
Citizen Charter: Not
Discretionary and non-discretionary grants: Not
Foreign tours of PM/ Ministers and senior