New Delhi: Over the past three years, an expenditure of Rs 255 crore has been incurred on chartered flights on prime minister Narendra Modi’s foreign engagements. Yesterday, the Rajya Sabha was briefed about the foreign tours of the president, vice president, prime minister and external affairs minister.
V Muraleedharan, Minister of State for External Affairs, said that in 2016-17 Rs 76.27 crore was spent on chartered flights while in 2017-18 Rs 99.32 crore was spent and Rs 79.91 crore was spent in 2018-19.
From August to November, Modi took seven foreign trips and visited nine countries. According to data, he visited Bhutan, France, the UAE, Bahrain, Russia, the US, Saudi Arabia, Thailand and Brazil in the said period. President Ram Nath Kovind undertook three foreign trips and visited seven countries from August to November and Vice President M Venkaiah undertook an equal number of foreign trips and visited six countries.
Narendra Modi has flown almost twice as much as Manmohan Singh during his tenure. The frequent travel schedule has attracted a lot of criticism from the Opposition accusing him of not paying enough attention to the country.