Responding to allegations of overspending on government advertisements, the AAP government Wednesday maintained that it had spent Rs 80 crore in the last financial year and is expected to spend approximately Rs 55 crore this year.
Delhi Dialogue Commission vice-chairman Ashish Khetan said that if the Delhi government’s expenditure on ads was being considered exorbitant, then it should be compared to the spending of the central government. “Since coming to power, the NDA government has spent Rs 5,000 crore only on TV and newspaper ads… all front pages, centrespreads and TV slots were booked… they spent so much on Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. Bharat toh swachh nahi hui par sarkar ka khazana zaroor swachh ho gaya (India was not cleaned up but the government coffers were),” alleged Khetan.
Defending the Delhi government’s ads, Khetan said they were released for “dissemination of information” to residents in the capital. “What were the Delhi government ads for… these were for the benefit of people and to ensure a corruption-free government,” he said.