While the crusader against black money, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has summoned 125 crore Indians to banks by demonetising Rs 500 and Rs 1000 currency notes in the country, the RTI reveals Modi government spent more than Rs 1100 crores for its promotional campaigns.
To be precise, 11 crore and 78 lakhs of rupees in center’s treasury, accumulated by tax payers is depleted by the center to meet advertisement campaigns of Modi government in two years.
India is a huge economy where 10 % of people hold 80 % of wealth as per the latest Credit Suisse report, 2016. According to Pew research, Indian middle class is poorer than the USA’s poor. As per our government’s definition, middle class household earns between $10-$20 per day (Rs 700 -Rs 1400), while in US a person who earns up to $16, is considered as below poverty line. In India, an urban BPL household earns Rs 55 per day or Rs 20,000 annually.
Now, as per the RTI filed by Ramvir Singh, BJP led government has spent 1,100 crore rupees on its promotional campaigns since it took power in the centre.
That means, keeping a mean of Rs 1000 as daily income of a middle class in India, the two years’ promotional campaigns of BJP led government could fund daily income of 1 crore 10 lakh families or annual income of 30 thousand families. The money is enough to fund 5 lakh 50 thousand BPL families for an year.
Singh is an activist from Greater Noida and filed an RTI to seek details about advertisement expenses of BJP since it took charge of Centre from the Information and Broadcasting ministry.
The report from the ministry disclosed that on various advertising channels such as broadcast, community radio, digital cinema, internet, Doordarshan, production, SMS and telecast, government collectively used a total amount of 1100 crore rupees.
The Report revealed that PM Modi’s team spent Rs 448 crore from June 1, 2014 to March 31, 2015. The next year, BJP spent Rs 542 crore rupees from April 1, 2015 to March 31, 2016. Till August 31, 2016, 120 crores has been this year starting from April 1, 2016.
To understand the reasons of such massive expenses incurred by Modi led central government you just need to flip today’s newspaper which boasts of a half page advertisement by the central government. A ministerial event is organized at Hotel Taj Mansingh which could be decently held at any of the offices of the concerned Ministries.
The purpose of the ad is signing of an MoU between the Ministry of Skill Development and Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas in the august presence of shri Rajiv Pratap Rudy, MOS (I/C) Skill Development & Entrepreneurship and shri Dharmendra Pradhan MOS(I/C) Petroleum and Natural Gas.
Had the government spent a part of these mammoth expenditures on the development of the country, it would have been a laudable move by the PM Modi. The opposition parties have always questioned Modi government’s ad expenses and the current findings by the RTI prove that the nation’s treasury is being used superfluously to build brand Modi and his clan of Ministers.