UPA Government spent nearly Rs. 187 crore to highlight Bharat Nirman achievements
In a reply to an application filed under the Right to Information (RTI) Act by activist Subhash Agrawal, the Information and Broadcasting Ministry has informed that the UPA government had allocated Rs 187 crore for publicity of Bharat Nirman campaign for the year 2013-14.
The reply further reveals that the actual expenditure done was to the tune of Rs186.98 crore at the time of closing of financial year while the figures for the year 2012-13 stood at Rs 100.95 crore.
The reply shows the break up of the amount of Rs.186.98 crore as under:
· Rs 49 crore was allocated for display and classified ads,
· Rs 120 crore for radio publicity,
· Rs7.5 crore for printed publicity and
· Rs 10.28 crore for outdoor publicity.
While activists have criticised the sharp rise of 80 % in the spending over the last year, the Congress national spokesperson Anant Gadgil has defended the same claiming that spending money to acknowledge the achievements of the party is a must for the government.