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Appointments under RTI Act, 2005:

(i) The PIO:
Mr. Bhaskar Bhatt, 
First Secretary & HOC
Embassy of India, 
Berne 
Switzerland

(ii) The Appellate Authority:
Mr. Ravindra Prasad Jaiswal,
Deputy Chief of Mission
Embassy of India, 
Berne 
Switzerland

Embassy of India,
Kirchenfeldstrasse 28,
3005 Berne
Switzerland
Phone:  031-350 11 30   
Fax:      031-351 15 57
E-Mail:hoc.berne@mea.gov.in

The information is for Indian nationals only.

 

INFORMATION ABOUT THE EMBASSY OF INDIA, BERNE, REQUIRED UNDER SECTION 4(1)(B) OF THE RTI ACT, 2005

(i)

the particulars of its organization, functions and duties;

Embassy of India is headed by Ambassador and has one Deputy Chief of Mission and one First Secretary. Between them, they deal with Political, Commercial, Consular, Cultural, Information and Administrative functions of the Embassy. 
The functions of the Embassy of India inter alia, include political and economic cooperation, trade and investment promotion, consular work, cultural interaction, press and media liaison, and scientific cooperation in bilateral and multilateral contexts.         

Embassy of India 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.

(ii)

the powers and duties of its officers and employees;

General Administrative powers are derived from rules and regulations governing the Indian Foreign Service, as amended from time to time by the Government of India. Financial powers of the Officers of the Embassy of India derived from the financial rules of the Government of India. Consular powers are derived from the Passport Act, Citizenship Act and Rules, and other related legislations. 

(iii)

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

Decisions are taken in accordance with the Government regulations, under the supervision of the Ambassador.

(iv)

the norms set by it for the discharge of its functions

Norms are set in accordance with accepted diplomatic practices.

(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, 
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.

(vi)

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.

(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 supervision of the Ambassador. 

(viii)

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;

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

(ix)

a directory of its officers and employees;

A directory is given at Annex-I below

(x)

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 ANNEX-II below

(xi)

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

The total approved budget for 2017-18 for expenses directly incurred by the Embassy of India is Rs. 16,78,89,000/-.

(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.  The Embassy also makes available to interested individuals various booklets, CD’s and DVD’s 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;

 




Public Information officer:- 
Mr. Bhaskar Bhatt,
First Secretary & Head of Chancery

Telephone: 031 3501130

Fax           : 031 3511557
E-mail:   
hoc.berne@mea.gov.in

(xvi)

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

(xvii)

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

Embassy of India website has information which is updated on a regular basis.

 


Annex-I

Embassy of India, Berne (Switzerland)

Address         : Kirchenfeldstrasse 28, CH-3005, Berne (Switzerland)
Telephone     : (PABX) 0041-31-3501130, 3511559 (Consular Wing),  3501139 (Commercial Wing)
Fax No.          : 00-41-31-3511557
Email :
hoc.berne@mea.gov.in Website : www.indembassybern.ch                               

Name

Designation

Tel. No.

Ms. Smita Purushottam

Ambassador

031-3501130

Mr. R.P. Jaiswal

Deputy Chief of Mission

031-3501130

Mr. Bhaskar Bhatt

FS (Cons & Pol) & HOC

031-3501130

Mr. Amit Kumar Gupta

Attache (Admn)

031-3501130

Mr. D.S. Rawat

PS to Amb.

031-3501130

Mr. Neeraj Kant Kaushal

PS to DCM

031-3501130

Mr. Arjun Singh

ASO (Property)

031-3501130

Mr. Jasvinder Singh

ASO (GA)

031-3501130

Mr. Gaurav Arora

ASO (Accounts)

031-3501130

Mr. Sunil Kumar

PA to HOC/ Cons. Assistant

031-3501130

Mr. Gurmukh Singh

Security Assistant

031-3501130 

Annex-II

MONTHLY REMUNERATION OF INDIA-BASED OFFICIALS OF EMBASSY OF INDIA, BERNE,  SWITZERLAND

S. No.

Sanctioned Post

No. of Post(s)

Pay Scale

1.

Ambassador

Gr. I of IFS

1

Rs. 2,25,000.- (Fixed)

2.

Deputy Chief of Mission

Gr. III of  IFS

1

Rs. 1,44,200 - Rs. 2,18,200


3.

First Secretary

Sr. Scale of IFS

1

Rs. 78,800 – Rs. 209,200


   4.

Attache

Integrated Gr. II & III of IFS ‘B’

1

Rs. 56,100 - Rs. 177,500


   5.

Attache/PS

Stenographer Cadre of IFS ‘B’

2

Rs. 56,100 - Rs. 177,500


6.

Assistant Section Officer

Gr. IV of IFS ‘B’

3

Rs. 44,900 – Rs. 1,42,400


7

Personal Assistant

Gr. IV of IFS ‘B’

1

Rs. 44,900 – Rs. 1,42,400


8.

Security Assistant

1

Rs. 25,500 – Rs. 81,000