Saturday, July 28, 2018

Narendra Modi took 31 Air India flights at Rs 387.26 crore in first 4 years

Foreign travels of Prime Minister Narendra Modi are often critiqued by the opposition for their frequency as well as cost. But though Modi has spent more days abroad than his predecessor Manmohan Singh, it has hardly cost more.

ET compared the foreign travels of Modi in his first four years as Prime Minister and those of Singh in the first four years of UPA-2. It has been found that both cost the government almost a similar amount of around Rs 387 crore in terms of the money paid to Air India.

Both have taken equal number of Air India chartered flights in their four respective years.

While Manmohan Singh’s 31 trips in 2009-2013 cost Rs 386.35 crore, Modi’s equal number of trips in his first four years cost Rs 387.26 crore. It is Rs 91 lakh more than in Manmohan’s first four-year tenure in UPA-2. Modi was also on five additional foreign trips in his first four years on an Indian Air Force BBJ Aircraft to neighbouring nations, for which the government did not have to pay.
28/07/18 Aman Sharma/Economic Times

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