Prime Minister Narendra Modi is acclaimed for his international trips for the betterment of India, ‘of course’ and his trips and expenditure keeps making headlines. The latest data released by the Prime Minister Office regarding PM’s international travel expenditure are definitely in limelight and are talk of the country.
Narendra Modi has visited 45 countries of all six the continents except Antarctica and a total of 57 trips since the beginning of his term in May 2014. Modi has made 54 foreign trips lasting 132 days in the first three years of his tenure. He made nine foreign trips in 2014, 27 in 2015 and 18 in 2016. His trips lasted 32 days in 2014, 64 days in 2015 and 18 days in 2016. Each trip, on average, lasted 2.5 days.
The data suggests that PM has visited the United States four times and toured twice the countries of Japan, Nepal, Singapore, France, China, Uzbekistan, Russia and Afghanistan. The maximum expenses incurred were on the chartered flights PM Modi took to visit France, Germany and Canada – over Rs 31 crore. It is also mention that his central Asia tour included visits to Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Russia, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan in the span of nine days.
The expenses of foreign trips of PM Modi are spent under the budget head “Cabinet Ministers – Maintenance of PM’s aircraft – Other charges” under Demand no, 47. While he used chartered flights on most trips, visits to neighbouring countries like Nepal and Bangladesh were done aboard the Boeing Business Jets (BBJs) of the Indian Air Force. The whole expense list can be viewed on PMO website. The international expenditures are often a subject of chastisement but the trips have ‘purposes’; this is all in the ‘name’ of country.