Over Rs 4,300 Crore Spent On Ads & Publicity By BJP Govt At Centre In Last 4 Years: RTI
A Right To Information (RTI) enquiry by Mumbai-based journalist Anil Galgali has revealed that since coming to power, PM Modi’s government has spent a whopping Rs 4,343 crore on advertisements and publicity in all media platforms.
The RTI plea was filed by Anil Galgali to Centre’s Bureau of Outreach and Communication (BOC) enquiring the expenditure made by the central government on all kinds of advertisements from the day it took office.
Tapan Sutradhar, financial advisor, BOC replied to the RTI query giving breakdown of the expenditure since June 2014:
- June 2014 to March 2015 – totalling to Rs 953.54 crore.
Print publicity Rs 424.85 crore
Electronic media Rs 448.97 crore
Outdoor Publicity Rs 79.72 crore
- April 2015 to March 2016 – totalling of Rs 1,171.11 crore.
Print publicity Rs 510.69 crore
Electronic media Rs Rs 541.99 crore
Outdoor Publicity Rs 118.43 crore
- April 2016 to March 2017- totalling to Rs 1,263.15 crore.
Print publicity Rs 463.38 crore
Electronic media Rs 613.78 crore
Outdoor Publicity Rs 185.99 crore
- April 2017 to March 2018 – totalling to Rs 955.6 crore
Electronic media Rs 475.13 crore
Outdoor Publicity Rs 147.10 crore
Between April-December 2017 (nine-month period), the government spent Rs 333.23 crore on the print medium alone.
Reacting to the RTI reply obtained, Anil Galgali said criticisms from the Opposition and on social media over squandering of scarce public resources forced the government to finally cut down its publicity expenditure this year by Rs 307.69 crore.
He further added that it is okay for a government to spend money on publicity but it must be controlled. And the information should be put on websites by the authorities.