In 41 trips to 52 countries in 4 years, PM Narendra Modi spent Rs 355 crore: RTI

Of the 41 trips by Modi to 52 countries, the highest amount was spent on his nine-day tri-nation visit to France, Germany and Canada.

Published: 28th June 2018 10:41 AM  |   Last Updated: 28th June 2018 11:52 AM   |  A+A-

Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (File photo | PTI)

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BENGALURU: In his 48 months as Prime Minister, Narendra Modi made 41 trips to over 50 countries, at a total cost of Rs 355 crore.  He was abroad for a cumulative 165 days.

This was revealed through replies to Right to Information (RTI) queries submitted to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) by RTI activist Bhimappa Gadad, who shared these replies with The New Indian Express.

Of these 41 trips by PM Modi to 52 countries, the highest amount was spent on his nine-day tri-nation visit to France, Germany and Canada between April 9 and 15, 2015, which incurred expenses to the tune of Rs 31,25,78,000; and the least expensive trip was his very first one as Prime Minister, to Bhutan on June 15-16, 2014 at a cost of Rs 2,45,27,465.

Gadad, who filed the RTI petition seeking details about expenses on PM’s foreign trips, said he filed it out of curiosity. “ A few years ago, I had applied for details of foreign visits by chief ministers of Karnataka. Recently, I was going through news reports wherein Prime Minister’s foreign visits were heavily criticized. Then I applied under RTI seeking details of PM’s foreign visits and I was really shocked to know the details,” he said.

He is bitter about the PMO not providing information on domestic travels of the Prime Minister. “They have not furnished details of domestic visits and expenses for security provided during the visits. I did not ask for details of security measures. I just asked for the expenses, but they refused, saying the SPG security organisation, which takes care of PM security, is exempted from the purview of RTI,” he said.

“Though I got the information out of curiosity, I want it to reach the public. Everyone should know about it,” he said, adding that the Centre should also release reports on the benefits to the country emerging from these visits.

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  • Sumit

    There is no genuine politicians in our counrty. From neheru to modi. All are bunch of asterisk. Bajpai ji isnt included
    9 hours ago reply
  • Tavish

    its not like he is going on vacation trips. His trips are value add to boost trade
    21 hours ago reply
  • Ashok Kumar Suri

    It is tru that expeses of our PM's forien trips are quite moderate but every thing is not mo ney in once life.A party that propogate haterd among our communites that too after taking oath under our constitution which all the people of my greate India have given to themself with a Secular charcter Is not acceptable to us.
    13 days ago reply
    • Krishna

      It is our pseudo secular parties and their followers who have spent maximum inter community hatred in India since Independence
      10 days ago reply
  • Pawan Pandey

    Not too expensive! it is normal we should appreciate his effort for doing India better.
    14 days ago reply
  • Vinay

    Has he taken his family for trip?? Has he gone on vacation? Where ever he go he has done only business which help India.
    14 days ago reply
  • Srinathamula

    Gadad should have also asked for expenditures by previous PMs
    15 days ago reply
  • Jacob George

    High tech
    16 days ago reply
  • Mohammed Afzal

    what palpable achievement did Mr. Modi make from these trips? Every Indian should ask this question to themselves. I am not saying our PM should be idle and ignore the need to strengthen our bilateral ties.. However
    17 days ago reply
  • Naresh

    Congress looted the country
    17 days ago reply
  • Bapi Das

    What a pile of drama. This is probably 1/10th of what the leaders of the developed countries spent and similar to what leaders of developing nations do. This sort of stats is damaging without any baseline or something to reference with. On another side
    17 days ago reply
  • Rps

    After reading the article I felt bad that how he wasted 355cr....but after reading the comment I feel sad and angry that people can't see what's going wrong... Today dollar is reaching 70.... GDP is falling.. Still people can't see that he is just selling dreams....
    17 days ago reply
  • SoumyA

    I believe people who trust Modi blindly can't see this picture of reality. They are only meant to criticise who are actually making point in their conversation. Our PM is just playing a game by speaking but not by doing. Even if we talk about his speeches the data he uses is different from other cabinet ministers
    17 days ago reply
    • Supreet

      Hello Mr Somya .....why all these questioning....U r only looking at grass root level but see the big picture...in the Congress era nobody even bothered to ask about the scams and the looting done but when somebody like Modi is actively moving around the world to gain some political advantage to the country as a whole then everyone is suddenly on their toes... all of us have long 60-70 years to Congress, at least we should have some patience to give Modi bring the results
      14 days ago reply
  • Avinav

    Can you also prepare a report of diplomatic loss or gain from these visits otherwise it is looking like someone paid you to print half of the story
    18 days ago reply
  • Satyanarayana

    RTI of how many thousands of crores of rupees invested by those countries in India? Please
    18 days ago reply
  • Harbinder

    This is spent out of taxpayers hard earned income for nation development and public governance grievances etc which should be used appropriately and not for one man who was so fond of visiting foreign countries
    18 days ago reply
  • James Kanjirathinkal

    I do not understand why people or the press so fond of worrying our PM traveling to other countries. What is wrong with it. Not only our PM even an elected Municipal Chairman has to travel. See other places how things are done fine and good for the well being of human life in their towns and cities. PM has marketed India to the world and world is looking to India
    18 days ago reply
  • Kampu

    We are tax in everything for his expense in useless monthly trips. 48 months in PMO and 41 trips with 355 crore expenditure. If this man become PM for two consecutive terms
    18 days ago reply
  • NP

    PM's visits to foreign countries generally for the benefit of the country.But there were PMs who misused it.I want Mr.Gadad or The new Indian express to get the cost of treatment for Mrs Sonia in USA when she was only an MP and a political party's president .To my knowledge it was Rs.1500 crores.If I am wrong somebody may correct it.The pity was the treatment was using public money but they were denied to know what the illness was !!
    18 days ago reply
  • subhendu

    https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/pm-modi-has-done-more-foreign-trips-in-2-years-than-vajpayee-did-in-5/story-KQKeMyDmwWrUGHhYWUGCMO.html
    18 days ago reply
  • subhendu

    41 in 48 months. Still better than 48 in 48. Yes
    18 days ago reply
  • Rohit

    Gujarati's love travelling. Be it anyone and on any post. Modi ji is Fakeer and fakeers travel a lot. So please don't argue here.
    18 days ago reply
  • aa

    President Pratibha Patil's foreign travel has cost the public exchequer a whopping Rs. 205 crore on her foreign visits
    18 days ago reply
  • SREEKANTA SWAMY

    This is far less than what we have spent for Sonia Gandhi treatment abroad. Our PM visit abroad is official and has brought rich dividends to our country, besides improving our bilateral relationship.
    18 days ago reply
    • Sunil Kumar

      Swamy
      18 days ago reply
    • Sandeep Kumar

      Firstly gather knowledge of what you are speaking about. Tell me out of this much money spent exactly how much investment did we got in return. It seems you know the exact figure. The money spent on these trips are our money
      18 days ago reply
    • Subhash

      Wow
      18 days ago reply
    • L parida

      Why u anything compared with congress.This time pm is modi jee.e to pm kam tourist jada lagte hai..
      18 days ago reply
  • Avinash Waukul

    Mr. Gadad appears to be politically motivated, funded by others just to create a chaos
    18 days ago reply
    • Sunil Kumar

      Good job Mr. Gadad. I would really appreciate your courage. I'm always with you in creating a better
      17 days ago reply
    • Sunil Kumar

      Dear Mr.Waukul
      17 days ago reply
  • MANORAMA BARA

    Our country has so much money.... im sure some problems related to poverty might have been resolved if spent inside the country... roads cud have been repaired and electricity supplied to places where there is none... govt. hospitals supplied with equipment that can serve people in getting access to health at subsidized rates.... im curious about the benefits that the country got from these visits.
    18 days ago reply
    • Jayanta probal konwar

      Right at the moment when they started to compare themselves to the previous goverment
      17 days ago reply
    • Sunil Kumar

      You are right. However all these problems cannot be addressed at once. Like you said
      17 days ago reply
  • Amarendra Mazumdar

    Gadad should have also asked for expenditures by previous PMs ,so that a comparative picture could be presented. Moreover, the benefits from such visits can’t be measured in tangible terms.The visits are more for strategic reasons.Therefore,rather than focusing on such expenditures,Gadad should focus on expenditures incurred for renovation of bungalows of people like Mayawati and Akhilesh.
    18 days ago reply
    • Ashutosh

      397 Cr. in 5 yrs (Total 161 days) is more compared to 355 cr in 165 days but seems Gadad is politically motivated and want to share part info only
      17 days ago reply
  • Ravi R

    Modi's no-nonsense and development-oriented approach has impressed leaders across the world and attracted foreign investors. Many foreign companies have setup manufacturing units/offices/development centers here. Thanks to "Make in India" which makes it attractive to invest/manufacture in India rather than import - lots of new jobs have been created. Just finding faults in anyone or their approach is very easy. People must understand Modi didn't go on personal vacation :) and rarely ever has any other PM in the history of our country. Media and people who are trying to highlight just the expenses (without weighing in the business country is getting now) are doing a great disservice to the society by presenting a myopic view. India's image abroad has seen much improvement under Modi's stewardship. I am not for or against any political party/idealogy, but let's look at things as they are rather than imagine something which is not. Hope his leadership becomes an example for all future generations.
    18 days ago reply
    • Ravi

      Perfectly stated !
      17 days ago reply
  • SUMANTO ROY CHOUDHURY

    Plz provide us the break up as without Digit we can't believe the thing.
    18 days ago reply
    • Qwert

      http://www.pmindia.gov.in/en/details-of-foreigndomestic-visits/
      18 days ago reply
  • Bala

    How much did the previous PMs of india spend during their tenure. ..
    18 days ago reply
  • Vikash

    Help me understand when plane is from India it self and accommodation and food he gets from visiting country then where this 355 cr went ?
    18 days ago reply
  • Hemanth

    Wowww!! Why do you feel that the expenses towards your PMs visit for official foreign travel is high?? The amount shown as 35 crore in 4 years is not unsual as we need to look at the tight security arrangements of our leader who is most wanted. Have you found out the pleasure trips he made in these last four years, because you should know out of curiosity..
    18 days ago reply
    • NS

      355 crore
      17 days ago reply
    • Soumya

      I think you misread the amount it is 355 crores not 35.
      17 days ago reply
    • Vijuvarma

      Not 35cr...itz 355cr...read properly in
      18 days ago reply
  • Vijay Sharma

    If not touring the world our prime minister is busy electioneering. One wonder when does he attend his office to work for India.
    18 days ago reply
  • Sid

    Money well spent. Worth spending for expansion and vision adherence..... What did others do???
    18 days ago reply
  • BISWAJIT

    Please FURNISH the ORIGINAL copy of the RTI REPORT !!!
    18 days ago reply
  • Chidambaram

    Irresponsible P.M. India has never seen
    18 days ago reply
  • Vimarsh padha

    Kindly highlight the other side of the coin... What gains it accrued to the nation.
    18 days ago reply
  • Deepak

    Virat kohli drinks one of the most costly water. But his icc ranking is 1. What is the problem. Use resource but for some good purpose. Be positive.
    18 days ago reply
  • Uday kiran

    At least 355 crore was well spent.
    18 days ago reply
  • Rahul

    Complete Waste of money !! Money can be used to fullfill needs of poor/education many ways are there But spending this much gosh great person can do salute ????
    19 days ago reply
    • vINEET

      If Rahul stay with his mother as per indian culture more money can be saved
      15 days ago reply
  • murty

    HE should also ask similar information of money spent by earlier regimes leaders and benefits got to nation if he is serious of country benefit.also publish like this.
    19 days ago reply
  • Anand

    Gadad don't u think this is gaining cheap publicity, first you get all transparent information about the travel of nations PM and then you sell your story to newspaper and make money and publicity. Do you even know that you are today living in a global village, and the PM is your global ambassador, there are many mandatory visits he has to do knnhis capacity, by the way he has only done meetings and met head of governments and dignatories and not gone sightseeing to Las Vegas or macau or Niagara falls
    19 days ago reply
  • Dr N K Chandrasekaran

    So what? Compare all data from the past 15 years and compare the expenditure and inflows. Pure sadistic publication.
    19 days ago reply
  • Sam..

    Remember "Operation Raahat", Where 4640 Indian citizens in Yemen were evacuated along with 960 foreign nationals of 41 countries. Can you please calculate the life of these human beings & if you can't, please ask their family members. check how beneficial it's? It's just one example...
    19 days ago reply
  • GV

    Well he wants to do as many as posible for the last time.
    19 days ago reply
  • S.Mohamed Sheriff

    Nothing wrong in his abroad visit as a representative of Indian.
    19 days ago reply
  • Fatima

    Rs. 355 Crore is not a very big amount. To put into context, with that money, Bollywood can make only 2 successful movies. Budget for Salman Khan's Tiger Zinda Hai was Rs. 210 Crores. I am impressed by how the PMO managed to spend only such a small amount for 41 trips over 4 years.
    19 days ago reply
  • VJ

    How much money is spent on daily basis in Parliament? Why no one asks the Lawmakers to work for the welfare of society? Atleast now we have a Prime Ministry who has a very clear vision and plan for the Welfare of mass, Watch the complete interview of Former President of India. Mr Pranab
    19 days ago reply
  • Ranjit Singh

    The expense of Modi, should be compared to what was Manmohan Singh expense with his troupe to foreign countries between 2004 - 14, than with Rahul Gandhi's expenses on foreign tour between 2004 - 14; Sonia Gandhi's foreign tour(official & personal on tax payers money) between 2004-14 and last expenses of Pratibha Patil foreign tours. Also the monetary benefit achieved by India between 2004 - 14 due to these tours.
    19 days ago reply
  • Pankaj

    And to tell this to everyone, his govt spent Rs 4500 cr. Advertisements and propaganda consumed 10 times of this travelling ticket amount.
    19 days ago reply
  • Ravi

    My view "He is not fit to be PM". He talks a lot but no action.In the name of India, an ordinary man spending peoples money for his own happiness. worse part is that , his biggest achievement after so much visits "US dollar at the foreign exchange market and broke 69 per USD level for the first time in history" soon all the promises made 4 years back will prove (CLEAN INDIA)
    19 days ago reply
    • S kumar...

      hi...Mr Ravi...then in your view who is there fit to become the PM of this country. ... tell one person with his credentials/capabilities. .. barking with the aim to tarnish the PM is easy or a paid activity like some medias are doing now a days... very sad...in such nentalities how can one expect the progress of the Nation. Atleast he has got a strong backbone n othr Nations heads are respecting him.. better to have a view of a Robot PM who ruled the country for 10 yrs.. what was the achievements. ... what was his expense incured in hos tours ...atleast PM Modi travels alone... not with platoon of family membrs like othrs...have a heart...n avoid such msgs by fallung in your own ditch.. Jai Hind...
      17 days ago reply
  • RC

    Please also seek information on the foreign trip expenses of ex-PMs too. Compare and report the comparison. Else, this looks to be a motivated biased reporting.
    19 days ago reply
  • Antar

    MR Bhimappa, thats a very good visual stat you gathered from the Prime Ministers office. but I am still wondering, what message are you trying to pass on to the public of India? Have we got more information on what was achieved during those 41 trips, maybe that would educate people on whats going on in our country rather than giving one side picture and letting public run with their imagination. End of the day, we are all Indian's and we got to work together the healthy and prosperous India for our countrymen and the world. It's enough the western media is mocking our leader, lets support someone who is working hard towards the betterment of the country. If we have any issues, lets follow your lead to get clear answers to our questions or come up with solutions and post it directly the Prime minister who's so active on Twitter or on the phone app. Mr. Anthony, someone else's hard earned money? if you are referring to Tax money, have you paid your complete taxes since you started earning? how many of us pay our taxes properly, do we have a figure to talk about? Fellow Indians, lets be happy for what our Prime Minister has achieved in his tenure. Jai Hind
    19 days ago reply
  • K Ramanujam

    you should also seek information on foreign trips by previous PM and compare it. You should also gather what benefits the country has /had achieved and compare it.
    19 days ago reply
  • None

    Media should highlight
    19 days ago reply
  • Nishant Agnihotri

    Why does he not follow the media coverage about these trips and the agenda's discussed there. These special snowflakes want report. If he is able to prove that PM used the funds for personal visits
    19 days ago reply
  • Jayareddy

    Dont tell only spent amount
    19 days ago reply
  • GV

    Modi has made mess of economy. Karnataka is much better than BJP ststes. GV
    19 days ago reply
  • JJ

    there is nothing shocking about the figure quoted. if you take an average of the cost
    19 days ago reply
  • Ramesh

    It is a total waste of money spent
    19 days ago reply
  • Iyer Anand Mohan

    Hi
    19 days ago reply
  • swami

    How much would each Indian citizen get if not spent on travel or benefit from this money used in some schemes
    19 days ago reply
  • Geetha Krishna

    Why dont you ask? Why doesn't your IQ question what brought in for India? better check out and find the foreign collaborations and foreign investments he gathered.
    19 days ago reply
  • Shri

    You should depict how much our beloved PM has earned by visiting then this news is relevant other wise it is merely useless.
    19 days ago reply
  • laldo

    Give our PM NRI Status sheer waste of taxpayers monies
    19 days ago reply
  • Anonymous

    42 trips in 52 countries?? How is it even possible. Correct you maths.
    19 days ago reply
  • anonymous

    waw !!! what an achievement.... Congrats
    19 days ago reply
  • AMARLAL ROHIRA

    Amount spent on foreign visits is negligible as compared to corruption in this country by politicians of every party.Vadras and Nirav Modi and Mallaya have looted the country.
    19 days ago reply
  • ram

    All these are sanitized numbers. In actual fact
    19 days ago reply
  • Florence Raju

    Excellent. This was his purpose to become PM. Would he ever have visited even Nepal without being PM? Indians are hurt. So much to be done for the nation but where is his full fledged presence. Where is the real development. India still lags behind and so many are starving to death.
    19 days ago reply
  • anthony

    Dear Bhimappa : No benefit of any sort to the nation//common man. Always happy/comfortable to spend someone else hard earned money.
    19 days ago reply
    • Mahesh Mohan

      I thought All my GST amount is spent on development and for tourism, it's true but only for the development of our PM and his trip around the world.Leave it, I will think as all my hard earned money is given as an alms for our poor PM.
      18 days ago reply
    • Uma

      PMs visit to so many countries is for the mutual benefit of our countries.Indias strategic defense ties..industrial growth...technology shared n applied in infrastructure development.are of importance.Pls Google n see all details of each visit..its purpose n goals acheived..it will make you realise how petty ones comments are in front of those big targets acheived. One should analyse deeply n not just comment on superficial perceptions!
      18 days ago reply
    • Kunal

      At least he is going there and getting the business and don’t forget Indian are now treated better than compare to congress time. Also nobody know how much man Mohan Singh spent and world knows how much ghotala and kand congress have done. That time you don’t realise that it’s public money and one man who is taking India ahead and you feel he is wasting money.
      18 days ago reply
    • arun

      So a PM should not travel on business?
      19 days ago reply
    • Deep

      Justify it with information and logic. Billions of investment cannot automatically fall from sky
      19 days ago reply
    • Bittu

      Please Read foreign policy and engagement before commenting any thing..
      19 days ago reply
    • drmlc

      Dear blind and anthony
      19 days ago reply
    • Common Man

      Please see link below. https://www.firstpost.com/politics/the-cost-of-manmohan-singhs-foreign-trips-rs-620-cr-over-nine-years-853735.html Manmohan Singh had also spent close to 620 crores in 9 years. Modi has spent 355 crores in his 4+ years. Not a major difference. All these politicians are same. If the foreign visits make sense creating jobs in India
      19 days ago reply
    • KP. Joshi

      yes want only Rs. 2/ chaval ( rice ) and fuel at Rs. 50/- we want rice not raise in standard of living - no bullet train only bullock cart. what a thinking
      19 days ago reply
    • Raman

      It is typical of some people to blindly criticize Sri Modi. He did not go for sight seeing. The travels he undertook were to improve the economy of India. Please apply through RTI and find out how much economic benefit accrued to the country because of his visits. If it did not do any thing
      19 days ago reply
    • Mr. India

      Your limited understanding and negligible knowledge about the topic makes me feel pity for you. Do some research
      19 days ago reply
    • NARAYAN DASS JAIN

      Not correct.
      19 days ago reply
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