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Fmr PM Manmohan Singh's travels cost Rs 6,76,74,33,477

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Rs 6,76,74,33,477 (Rs 676.7 crore) was the cost what the nation incurred during the 73 foreign trips that Dr Manmohan Singh made as Prime Minister.

The figure which was provided by the Indian Prime Minister's Officer following an RTI query filed by Ramesh Chand Joshi, president of the Rashtra Rakshak Janmanch.

The reply from the PMO which reveals the details of the foreign visits made by Dr Singh during his tenure as Prime Minister also reveals that during his second term, 15 out of the 36 trips were made when Parliament was in session.

The RTI query which was filed got a response from the PMO. It was stated that in total an amount of Rs 6,76,74,33,477 was incurred when Dr Singh travelled abroad. He undertook a total of 73 foreign trips between 22 May 2004 and 17 May 2014.

During his second term that is under UPA-II, 15 out of the 36 trips abroad were made when the Parliament was in session. It may be recalled that the opposition at that time had mocked Dr Singh by referring to him as a non-resident Prime Minister.

 It also can be noted that the BJP had pointed out that none of the earlier PM's had broken the tradition and travelled abroad when Parliament was in session. While 65 of the trips have been billed, there are 8 more trips which are under process.

The billed foreign trips had amounted to an approximate of Rs 670 crore, the response from the PMO states. The details of the trips are given in the fact sheet.

Dr Singh made as many as six trips to the United States of America during his ten year tenure. The US remained the most important destination for Dr Singh and one may recollect that the Indo-US nuclear deal was also struck during his tenure.

 Interestingly the visits to the neighbouring nations has been extremely less when compared to the other nations. Many could argue that the visits to Pakistan, Afghanistan, China and Sri Lanka could have been higher considering the amount of engagement that there is with India on a daily basis along the borders.

The highest expenditure that was incurred was Rs.26.94 crore during the 7 day visit to Mexico and Brazil in 2012. The second highest was a bill of Rs 22.7 crore incurred during the visit to USA and Brazil in 2010.

There is data also available on the foreign trips made by former Prime Minister, Atal Bihari Vajpayee. He made 35 foreign trips between 1999 and 2004 and it cost the exchequer Rs 185 crore.(One India)

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  • Prem Nath Wednesday, 29 April 2015 09:25 PM

    Even when all the time in the opposition,RW travelledthe globe using public money which was given him by the government.Let the figures be known here too.

    muralitharan Thursday, 30 April 2015 03:30 PM

    676.7 Crore for ten year (2004 to 2014), just 68 Cr per year

    Calistus Jayatilleke Thursday, 30 April 2015 01:12 PM

    This will pale into insignificance when compared with the waste of funds on foreign trips by MR and his clan with full plane loads on shopping sprees.

    Nims Thursday, 30 April 2015 12:24 PM

    I bet MR will beat him!!!

    damithw Thursday, 30 April 2015 06:49 AM

    It will never happen in Sri Lanka...No freedom of Information act...

    Subha Thursday, 30 April 2015 01:19 AM

    Why r we even seeing this Indian rubbish?? who cares??

    Bala Wednesday, 29 April 2015 10:23 PM

    This is the benefit of the RTI - right to information. Future will be good for us as 19A includes RTI as basic right.

    Bala Wednesday, 29 April 2015 10:20 PM

    Ranil and Mangala did not take 200 entourages nor special flights which cost the airline to offload regular passengers.

    Prem Nath Wednesday, 29 April 2015 09:27 PM

    The Prime Minister who opens his mouth,only when he visits a dentist.

    pubudu Wednesday, 29 April 2015 01:42 PM

    Now it would be interesting to get the figures of the expenses of MR. How much on foreign trips (incl. his big entourage)? How much on local trips (incl. helicopters)?

    Accountant Wednesday, 29 April 2015 05:48 PM

    Our former President would have spent that much on 1 flight!

    lankaputha Wednesday, 29 April 2015 05:13 PM

    Nearly 75 crore, but US dollars, for 89 trips

    Freddi Wednesday, 29 April 2015 03:25 PM

    Why only MR? what about Ranil and Mangala?

    chandra Wednesday, 29 April 2015 03:06 PM

    Everyone was talking about MR trips. May be expensive but not this much.

    Aj Wednesday, 29 April 2015 02:49 PM

    He would make a perfect role model for MR

    ranga Wednesday, 29 April 2015 02:01 PM

    Why not send our BC Commissioner to India via DM Android App

    TJ Wednesday, 29 April 2015 01:45 PM

    What about our former presidents foreign trip expenses. I sure, it must be higher as he always travels with a battalion.


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