Over 70% of the nearly Rs 9 crore spent by Indian diplomatic missions for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s public and community programmes have been spent on event management during his visits to 51 countries since he assumed office.
Nearly Rs 6.4 crore was spent out of about Rs 8.8 crore on event management with the highest, Rs 2 crore, being spent during his visit to France in 2015, said minister of state for external affairs General V.K. Singh in the Rajya Sabha.
However, it does not mention the expenditure on event management during many community functions, including the famous Madison Square programme, which was primarily organised by groups like Overseas Friends of BJP along with some NRI outfits.
According to Singh, Modi has visited 51 countries in the 26 months since coming to power.