Over Rs 642 crore spent on Indian PM’s foreign travels during 9 years

National

New Delhi/June 9
Over Rs 642 crore were spent on Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s abroad air travels during the last nine years.
As the information revealed through RTI by Prime Minister’s office, Manmohan Singh undertook 67 travels since 2004 after Congress led UPA took over reigns from BJP led NDA alliance and Singh was chosen as PM. Our of all 67 air travels, five air travels bill have not been received and the expenditure on 62 visits reveals that Rs 642.45 crore was spent on air travel.
Maximum expenditure of Rs 26.94 crore was incurred on Singh’s 7 day long visit to Mexico and Brazil in 2012 to attend G20 Summit and Rio +20 Summit respectively.
Meanwhile, Rs 22.70 crore was spent on air travel to Washington DC and Brazil in 2010 where Indian Prime Minister had gone to attend the Nuclear Security Summit, BRIC Summit and IBSA Summit.
Prime Minister’s office had revealed this information as a part of obligations under the mandatory proactive disclosure clause of the Right to Information Act.
Earlier, the Central Information Commission in an order had directed the Cabinet Secretariat to reveal expenses incurred on the travel of ministers and VVIPs under RTI because of large public interest in the matter.

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