New Delhi: The Narendra Modi government has spent Rs 713.20 crore of taxpayers’ money for the sole purpose of promoting itself via advertisements over the last year.
The promotion took place through various print and electronic media over the last financial year.
The Bureau of Outreach and Communication, while replying to an RTI query filed by an activist Jatin Desai, revealed that a whopping amount of rupees 1.95 crore was spent per day, on an average between 2019 to 2020 on advertisements by the central government.
Providing the details of the total amount, the Bureau said that Rs 295.5 was only disbursed for print advertisements, whereas Rs 317.05 crore was spent on electronic media. While rupees 101.10 was paid for outdoor advertisements.
However, it failed to show the amount of money paid for publicity in foreign media by the government.
In June 2019, in response to another RTI query, the ministry said that it had spent Rs 3,767.2651 crore of taxpayers’ money on publicity and advertisement.
In 2018, responding to another RTI query, it revealed that the Modi government splurged almost rupees 4,343.26 crore on advertisement and publicity in media since the BJP government took over in 2014.