New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visits to various foreign countries since June 2014 has cost Rs 2,021 Cr. This includes the chartered flights, maintenance of aircraft and hotline facilities during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visits to foreign countries.
Replying to queries on the issue in Rajya Sabha, Minister of State for External Affairs V K Singh listed the countries visited by the Prime Minister between 2014 and 2018.
The minister said that these are the top 10 countries from where India has received the maximum Foreign Direct Investment, adding that the FDI grew from $ 30,930.5 million in 2014 to $ 43478.27 million in 2017.
According to a report in NDTV. Com, the data provided by the minister showed an expenditure of over Rs. 1,346 crores were incurred on chartered flights, maintenance of aircraft and hotline facilities during Manmohan Singh’s foreign visits from 2009-10 till 2013-14 during UPA-II.
A total of Rs. 1,583.18 crore was spent on maintenance of the Prime Minister’s aircraft and Rs. 429.25 crore on chartered flights during the period between June 15, 2014, and December 3, 2018. The total expenditure on the hotline was Rs. 9.11 crore.
PM Modi visited over 55 countries in 48 foreign trips since taking over as prime minister in May 2014. He made multiple visits to some countries.
The details provided by VK Singh did not include the expenditure on hotline facilities during PM Modi’s foreign visits in 2017-18 and 2018-19.
The cost for chartered flights to overseas destinations in 2014-15 was Rs. 93.76 crore, while in 2015-16, it was Rs. 117.89 crore. In 2016-17, the cost was Rs. 76.27 crore and in 2017-18, the expense on the chartered flight was Rs. 99.32 crore.
The cost for chartered flights to overseas destinations in 2018-19 till December 3 has been Rs. 42.01 crore.