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Information regarding Appellate Authority and Public Information Officer under the RTI Act, 2005.
In pursuance of Section 4 (1) (b) of the RTI Act, 2005, the Embassy of India, Sofia has designated the following officers as the RTI Public Information Officer and RTI Appellate Authority to deal with the RTI applications from Indian nationals and NRIs working and living in Bulgaria and Macedonia :

i)

The particulars of its organization, functions and duties;

Embassy of India is headed by the Ambassador of India.
His deputy is an officer of the rank of Second Secretary.
The Embassy has Administration, Consular and Commerce Wings. The functions of the Embassy
inter alia, include political and economic cooperation, trade and investment promotion, cultural interaction and visa, passport 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 Embassy of India has jurisdiction over Bulgaria and Macedonia [as the country of concurrent accreditation]

(ii)

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.
Other powers are derived from the Passport Act Consular and Visa Manuals of India.
The Officers of the Embassy function under the guidance and supervision of Ambassador.

(iii)

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

All substantive decisions are taken under the instructions and overall supervision of the Ambassador.

(iv)

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

Norms are set under the instruction and supervision of the Ambassador.
Following norms have been set for the discharge of its functions:

Citizens’ CharterTime limits for disposal of Consular and other work

Particulars of Consular Service

Period

Visa for Bulgarian & Macedonian citizens

Generally same day

Visa for citizens other than Bulgarians and Macedonians

5 working days

Passport (Issued under the CIPPS)

15-20 days

OCI Card

Around 30 Days

Miscellaneous Consular services (Attestations, Affidavits, Powers of Attorney, etc.) for Indian nationals

Generally same day

Response to RTI Queries

Within 30 days

(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, as amended from time to time.
Delegated Financial powers of the Government of India’s Representatives Abroad.
Passport Act Consular and Visa Manuals of India. 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.
Miscellaneous documents related to its establishment and housekeeping work.

(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;

The Embassy 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, Indian Association, Indian Diaspora and others.

(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;

Tender Evaluation Committee:
1. Shri Rajesh Lal,Second Secretary/HOC.
2. Shri Virender Singh Negi, ASO (Property)

Committee for Administration of the Indian Community Welfare Fund:
1. Shri Rajesh Lal,Second Secretary/HOC.
2. Shri. Sunil Kumar Sinha, Attache (Accounts)
3. Shri Ankit Kanwat, ASO [Consular]

(ix)















































(x)

A directory of its officers and employees:

Embassy of India,4 Alfred Nobel Street,Geo Milev, Sofia 1113,BulgariaTelephones:+359 2 963 56 75/02 963 56 76/02 963 56 77Fax:+359 2 963 56 86Email:amb.sofia@mea.gov.in & hoc@indembsofia.org

OFFICERS’L I S T

Name & Designation


Mr. Sanjay Rana
Ambassador


Shri Rajesh Lal
Second Secretary(Commerce)/HOC/CPIO


Mr. Sunil Sinha
Attache (Accounts)

Shri Virender Singh Negi
ASO [Property]

Shri Surendra Kumar PS to HOC
Shri Ankit Kanwat
Assistant (Consular)



Ms. Sneh Batra
PA to Ambassador

Prof. Anand Verdhan Sharma ICCR Chair of Hindi
Shri Arjan Singh
Security Assistant


Shri Dushyant Sharma
Security Assistant


Local Staff

Ms. Yuliyana Koeva
Information Assistant


Mr. Martin Angelov 
Commercial Assistant-cum-Interpreter


Mrs. Radostina Plamenova Peneva
Receptionist-cum-Consular Clerk


Ms. Ekaterina Simeonova
Clerk/Typist


Mr. Sedef G. Nikolov
Chauffeur


Messenger


Local Staff

(in Euros)

Commercial Assistant-cum-Interpreter


800/-

Information Assistant 675-

Receptionist-cum-Consular Clerk

775/-

Clerk/Typist

675/-

Chauffeur

771/-

Messenger

779/-



Monthly remuneration received by each officers and employee u/s 4(1) (b) (x) of RTI Act

S. No.

Grade/Post

No. of Post

Level of pay in pay Matrix (7th CPC)

Pay scale

(IN Rs.)

1.

Ambassador

1

Level : 14/12

37,400-67,000

2.

Second Secretary

1

Level : 11/15

15,600-39,100

3.

Attaché/Section Officer

1

Level : 10/15

15,600-39,100

4.

Attaché (Private Secretary)

1

Level : 09/09

15,600-39,100

5.

Personal Assistant

1

Level : 07/09 

9,300-34,000

6.

Assistant Section Officer

2

(i) Level : 07/07

(ii) Level : 07/03

9,300-34,000

7.

Security Assistant

2

(i) Level : 04/15

(ii) Level : 04/9

5,200-20,200

8.

Visiting Prof. ICCR (Hindi) Chair

1

Level : 14/11

37,400-67,000


(xi)

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


Chancery Budget

Budget Allocation and utilization during Financial Year 2020-21, 2021-22 & 2022-23:

Budget allocation during FY 2020-21 (FE)
(Rs. in thousands only)


INR : 60308

Expenditure during FY 2020-21
(Rs. in thousands only)


INR 60296


Budget allocation during FY 2021-22 (FE)
(Rs. in thousands only)

INR : 70,200

Expenditure during FY 2021-22
(Rs. in thousands only)

INR : 69,900

Budget allocation during FY 2022-23 (BE)
(Rs. in thousands only)

INR : 72,456

Expenditure during FY 2022-23
(Rs. in thousands only)




Commerce Budget

Budget allocation and utilization during Financial Year 2020-21, 2021-22 & 2022-23 :

Budget allocation during FY 2020-21 (FE)
(Rs. in thousands only)


INR : 12,100

Expenditure during FY 2020-21
(Rs. in thousands only)


INR : 10,212


Budget allocation during FY 2021-22 (FE)
(Rs. in thousands only)

INR : 12,944

Expenditure during FY 2021-22
(Rs. in thousands only)

INR : 12,853

Budget allocation during FY 2022-23 (BE)
(Rs. in thousands only)

INR : 12,960

Expenditure during FY 2022-23
(Rs. in thousands only)



(xii)

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

Embassy of India, Sofia does not have any subsidy programme.

(xiii)

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

No concessions / permits are granted by 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 CD’s and DVD’s containing various information on India, its people, culture and cuisine

(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;

Central Public Information Officer:-
Shri Rajesh Lal,
Second Secretary(HOC) & CPIO,
Telephone: +359-2-963 5675,
Fax : +359-2-963 5686
Email: 
hoc.sofia@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

The Embassy’s website has this information


(xviii) ORGANIZATION CHART

AMBASSADOR
HEAD OF CHANCERY
ATTACHE (A/Cs) ASO (PROP)  ATTACHE (PIC) ASSISTANT CONS. OFFICER

(xix) India establishment diplomatic relations with Bulgaria in 1954
       
Given below name of Ambassador/HOMs since June 1970

Dr. Gopal Singh June 1970 November 1972
2  
Shri K. P. Lukose May 1973 May, 1975
Shri J. R. Hiremath November 1975 July 1977
Shri S. H. Desai November 1977 May 1980
Shri B. Deva Rao June 1980 February 1985
Shri S. S. Nath June 1985 July 1987
Shri Girish Dhume February 1989 February 1993
Shri B. P. Agarwal July 1993 September 1994
Shri Nirupam Sen March 1995 August 1999
10 
Smt Nilima Mitra October 1999 February 2003
11 
Shri Dinkar Khullar February 2003 July 2006
12 
Shri Lal Dingliana July 2006 September 2009
13 
Shri Divyabh Manchanda October 2009 August 2014
14 
Shri Rajesh K. Sachdeva September 2014 March 2017
15 
Ms. Pooja Kapur July 2017 February 2021
16 
Shri Sanjay Rana March 2021