New Delhi: The RTI revealed on friday that till this October, Modi government in three and a half year has spent gargantuan amount of nearly Rs 3,755 crore on just its publicity. The application was filed by Greater Noida-based social activist Ramveer Tanwar, a copy of which is with IANS.
According to the RTI reply by the Information and Broadcasting Ministry, the expenses of advertisements from April 2014 to October 2017 through electronic, print media and outdoor publicity is Rs 37,54,06,23,616. Just on electronic media advertisements, including community radio, digital cinema, Doordarshan, Internet, SMS and TV the central government has spend whopping Rs.1656 crore and for print media, the government has spent more than Rs 1,698 crore. RTI revealing more about the expenses put another expenses like Rs 399 crore spend on outdoor advertisements, which include hoardings, posters, booklets and calendars.
Now, it has been revealed that “the amount spent on publicity blitz is more than the yearly budget allocated to some key ministries and government’s flagship programmes and only Rs. 56.8 crores wala allocated for “pollution abatement” in the last three years.”
The RTI filed by Tanwar in 2016, had revealed that the Centre spent over Rs 1,100 crore between June 1, 2014 and August 31, 2016, on advertisements featuring Prime Minister Narendra Modi. According to a breakup of expenditure given by Minstry which shows Rs 448 crore was spent from June 1, 2014 to March 31, 2015, and Rs 542 crore and Rs 120 crore spent from April 1, 2015 to March 31, 2016 and April 1, 2016 to August 31, 2016 respectively. The expenditure was only for
television, Internet and other electronic media and did not include expenditure on outdoor and print advertisements.
Another RTI had revealed in 2015, that the Centre had spent nearly Rs 8.5 crore on newspaper advertisements for the Prime Minister’s monthly radio address “Mann Ki Baat” till July 2015.
According to IANS, The BJP and Congress had criticised the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government in Delhi for spending Rs 526 crore on advertising its achievements in 2015.
Sources : NDTV