Government: PM Modi 54 Foreign Trips Cost Taxpayers $ 280 Million - TNBCLive

Over the past four-and-a-half years Prime Minister Narendra Modi hectic travel schedule and his government advertising blitz have cost Indian taxpayers about 65.9 billion rupees ($ 920 million).

According to new government data, the globe-trotting prime minister 84 trips around the world cost roughly $280 million, while the government spent $640 million on promoting PM Modi flagship projects and achievements.

As per the reports, the money spent on each trip, combined with the cost of maintenance on Air India One and setting up a secure hotline, was provided in a response to a lawmaker question in parliament by V.K Singh, the country junior foreign minister.

To boost India influence in global affairs and secure its strategic interests, PM Modi has maintained a punching pace of world travel, meeting some global leaders such as U.S President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe multiple times in a bid.

In which some of his trips, including a summit with President Xi Jinping in the Chinese city of Wuhan, are credited as diplomatic successes. His meeting with China leader after a tense stand-off in the Himalayas was seen as ushering in a detente between the world two most populous countries.

Controversial Trips

In 2016, PM trip to Japan, which came immediately after PM Modi eliminated 86 percent of India currency sending millions into bank queues to exchange worthless cash-led to accusations by the opposition that he was traveling the world while ordinary Indians were struggling.

While tripping to Africa, PM Modi- a vegetarian and devout Hindu nationalist who reveres and worships bovines-gave Rwandan villagers 200 dairy cows on a bed-eating continent where there is a possibility of them getting slaughtered. He also signed a memorandum of understanding to open a yoga college in China Yunnan province and pledged to cooperate with Turkmenistan on both Yoga and traditional Indian medicine, read in a government statement.

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