255 Cr Spent on Flights for PM’s Foreign Engagements in 2016-19

The Prime Minister is entitled to free airlifts in IAF aircrafts on official tours, according to MEA.

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 Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

An expenditure of over Rs 255 crore was incurred on chartered flights during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's foreign engagements in the past three years, the Rajya Sabha was told on Thursday, 21 November.

In a written reply, Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan said that in 2016-17 Rs 76.27 crore was spent on chartered flights while in 2017-18 Rs 99.32 crore was spent.

In 2018-19, Rs 79.91 crore was spent while the bill for 2019-20 has not been received, he said.

In 2016-17, Rs 2,24,75,451 were incurred on hotline facilities while in 2017-18 the cost incurred for it was Rs 58,06,630, he added.

To a question on expenditure incurred on domestic engagements, he said, "As per Government of India policy on use of IAF aircraft/helicopters by VVIPs and VIPs, the Prime Minister is entitled to free airlifts in IAF aircrafts and helicopters on official tours."

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