Rs 17.60 lakh were spent on Modi’s oath-taking ceremony, reveals RTI

The activist had sought to know from the President's Secretariat "head-wise" details on the expenditure incurred.

By: Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Updated: July 20, 2014 11:45 am
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An expenditure of at least Rs 17.60 lakh was incurred on the oath-taking ceremony of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the forecourt of Rashtrapati Bhavan, an RTI reply has found.

The reply provided by the President’s Secretariat said approximate cost incurred on the arrangements of the oath-taking ceremony, attended by 4017 guests, related to tentage, stage, furniture and other allied items is Rs 17.6 lakhs.

In its response to activist Ramesh Verma, the Secretariat said that it does not maintain the records of expenditure function-wise. “Hence the information sought for cannot be provided. It is informed that the expenditure on functions in incurred by the spending units from the annual budget allotted to respective head of accounts,” a reply from CPIO Saurabh Vijay said.

The activist had sought to know from the President’s Secretariat “head-wise” details on the expenditure incurred on the oath-taking ceremony of Modi and total number of persons who attended the ceremony.

Modi took oath of office on May 26 at a function in Rashtrapati Bhavan which was attended by Presidents, Prime Ministers and senior leaders of the SAARC countries among other dignitaries.

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First Published on: July 20, 2014 11:42 am
  1. R
    Jul 21, 2014 at 7:04 pm
    And AAP spent 14 lakhs for Khuljiwal's swearing in
    1. A
      Jul 20, 2014 at 2:29 pm
      I agree. Look at the useless expenses of Mamta banerjee and you would realise how the public money is wasted!
      1. B
        Jul 22, 2014 at 7:32 am
        Why so much Fuss about that ??? It was spent on strengthing Diplomatic ties between nations & not for PMs personal use.....
        1. C
          Concerned Citizen
          Jul 20, 2014 at 6:50 pm
          Amazing that Weddings in New Delhi or Lucknow or Hyderabad or anywhere for that matter seem to be normal even if they are sky high budgeted around crores...But somebody goes the w Hog to know how much money is spent on Modis oath taking ceremony?! ...And not only that...The Media makes it look like a crime was commited with the le Modi attached to it...No word on Why Hindus are Suffering at Amarnath Yatra where Locals are rioting, burning, hurting Hindu sentiments? Why is Secularism turning out to be such a Curse for our COuntry rather than a boon, and why is Media Failing so obviously?
          1. H
            Jul 20, 2014 at 3:27 pm
            unlike Mayawati's ridiculous request to get her sandals via helicopter ! I wonder why the RTI of these VIPs are not reported ?
            1. M
              Jul 20, 2014 at 6:41 pm
              The activist has stooped very low in this matter....he has no other work to do
              1. M
                Jul 20, 2014 at 10:51 pm
                The expense figure is incorect, every body knows how much is the bill for average marriage party in India. The money is well spent but do not hide the full bill. Manmohan
                1. P
                  Jul 20, 2014 at 8:26 am
                  can anyone explain why this news is procliaming that the amount is too high....these days wedding parties have more budget than thi....and meanwhile see the number of guest 4017 such a huge and big number and all of them are VVIP's including representatives of SAARC Nations....what do u want that they make the,m sit on "kele ka patta" i.e.e Banana leaves..........such a stupid and ridiculous news and way of representation
                  1. R
                    Jul 20, 2014 at 4:10 pm
                    Rs 2Cr spent on kejriwals ramlila ground ceremony... anyone knew that??
                    1. B
                      Jul 20, 2014 at 8:34 pm
                      Do you know that the former President of India Prathibha Patil, spent over Rs 200 crores just on her overseas visits alone to different countries in her term (works out to Rs 80 lac's per week)? What kind of diplomatic accomplishment did she get-zilch. In addition, she wanted to get a huge property (at Govt. expense) for her retirement home in Pune which was dropped by the Center after huge furor!
                      1. U
                        Usha Dravid
                        Jul 20, 2014 at 8:00 am
                        Please do not forget that Modiji had invited the SAARC heads for the occasion, so this was a diplomatic gesture, not only giose, useless spending of money!
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