The government of India incurred an expenditure of over Rs 2,021 crore on chartered flights, maintenance of aircraft and hotline facilities during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visits to foreign countries since June 2014.
Answering to queries on the issue in Rajya Sabha, Minister of State for External Affairs V K Singh also listed the countries visited by the prime minister between 2014 and 2018 and added that they now figure among the top 10 nations from where India received the maximum FDI inflows.
From 2014 to 2017 the Foreign Direct Investments grew from USD 30,930.5 million to USD 43478.27 million. The minister also provided data on the expenditure incurred during foreign visits made by Manmohan Singh’s from 2009-10 till 2013-14 during UPA-II which stood at over Rs 1,346 crore (chartered flights, maintenance of aircraft and hotline facilities).
Since 2014 Modi has visited over 55 countries in 48 foreign trips and has also made multiple visits to some countries.
The cumulative FDI inflows between 2014 and June 2018 stood at USD 136,077.75 million, compared to USD 81,843.71 million recorded cumulatively for the years between 2011 and 2014, reported news agency PTI.