London is the costliest mission of India with an annual expenditure of over Rs. 58 crore while the cheapest consulate is in Indonesia's Bali where expenses run into little over Rs. 20 lakh.
This information was given by ministry of external affairs (MEA) in response to an RTI query posted by Mumbai-based activist Ajay Marathe, who was intrigued by the reports of expenses incurred on various embassies by India.
The total expenditure on maintaining 178 missions across the world was Rs. 1497.58 crore in 2011-12 while it was Rs. 1386.95 crore in 2010-11 and Rs. 1374.48 crore in 2009-10.
Through his RTI petition, Marathe demanded from the MEA the expenses incurred on India's missions across the globe for the past five years.
In its response, MEA gave information for 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12 for all its diplomatic missions.
The information revealed that expenditure incurred on high commission in London was Rs. 58.67 crore for 2011-12.
Closely following in terms of expenses are missions in Jeddah in Saudi Arabia which incurred expense of Rs. 45.63 crore in 2011-12, Kabul came next with Rs. 39.09 crore and Paris spent Rs. 36.38 crore during the year.
"I have come to know that some embassies were incurring massive expenses. In order to know the expenses of all the missions, I filed the RTI application," Marathe told PTI.