Narendra Modi's foreign trips cost over Rs 2,021 cr since 2014; Manmohan Singh spent Rs 1,346 cr during UPA II

An expenditure of over Rs 2,021 crore was incurred on chartered flights, maintenance of aircraft and hotline facilities during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visits to foreign countries since June 2014, according to the government.

Press Trust of India December 29, 2018 13:09:49 IST
Narendra Modi's foreign trips cost over Rs 2,021 cr since 2014; Manmohan Singh spent Rs 1,346 cr during UPA II

New Delhi: An expenditure of over Rs 2,021 crore was incurred on chartered flights, maintenance of aircraft and hotline facilities during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visits to foreign countries since June 2014, according to the government.

Replying to queries on the issue in Rajya Sabha, Minister of State for External Affairs VK Singh also listed the countries visited by the prime minister between 2014 and 2018 that now figure among the top 10 countries from where India has received the maximum FDI inflows.

The Foreign Direct Investments grew from $30,930.5 million in 2014, to $43478.27 million in 2017, the minister said.

Narendra Modis foreign trips cost over Rs 2021 cr since 2014 Manmohan Singh spent Rs 1346 cr during UPA II

File image of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Image courtesy PIBTwitter/@PIB_India

According to the data provided by the minister, an expenditure of over Rs 1,346 crore was 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.

The details were shared by Singh in reply to questions on official foreign tours of Manmohan Singh during his second term as prime minister from 2009 to 2014 and of Modi since 2014.

According to the data, 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 hotline was Rs 9.11 crore.

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 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 chartered flight was Rs 99.32 crore.

The cost for chartered flights to overseas destinations in 2018-19 till 3 December has been Rs 42.01 crore.

To a question on the details of investment received from the countries visited by Modi, Singh listed the countries visited by the prime minister between 2014 and 2018 that now figure among the top 10 countries from where India has received the maximum FDI inflows.

The cumulative FDI inflows between 2014 and June 2018 stood at $136,077.75 million, compared to $81,843.71 million recorded cumulatively for the years between 2011 and 2014, the minister said.

Updated Date:

also read

From failed talks, violence to deaths, a timeline of farmers' protest as Centre set to repeal all three farm laws
India

From failed talks, violence to deaths, a timeline of farmers' protest as Centre set to repeal all three farm laws

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday announced that the government has decided to repeal the three farm laws, which were at the centre of protests by farmers for the past year

Narendra Modi to visit Dehradun on 4 December, lay foundation stone of projects worth Rs 18,000 crore
India

Narendra Modi to visit Dehradun on 4 December, lay foundation stone of projects worth Rs 18,000 crore

The prime minister will launch 11 development projects, including the government's ambitious project — the Delhi-Dehradun Economic Corridor (from Eastern Peripheral Expressway Junction to Dehradun)

Time for fintech revolution with low-cost, reliable payment system, says PM Modi
India

Time for fintech revolution with low-cost, reliable payment system, says PM Modi

Speaking at the InFinity Forum, he said technology is bringing a big shift in finance, and mobile payment last year exceeded ATM withdrawals.