Ever since Narendra Modi government has come to power, it has reportedly spent Rs 4,343 crore on publicity, an agency under the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has said in reply to an RTI query. City-based RTI activist Anil Galgali filed the application.
According to a PTI report, the vast expenses comes from advertising in print, electronic and outdoor mediums. Reportedly, around Rs 1732.15 crore was spent on advertisements in the print media (from June 1, 2014, to December 7, 2017) and Rs 2079.87 crore in the electronic media (from June 1, 2014, to March 31, 2018). A sum of Rs 531.24 crore was used for outdoor publicity (June 2014 to January 2018).
Galgali as quoted in the report says, "The replies provided by Financial Advisor, BOC, Tapan Sutradhar on the expenses incurred since June 2014, were a revelation on the spends, but owing to all-round criticism of the government, there was a reduction of almost Rs 308 crore in 2017."
(With inputs from PTI)