Midday Meal For 46 Million Children For One Year, One Day Employment For 200 Million Workers, 10 More Mars Mission –All That Could Be Done With The Money Modi Govt Spent On Publicity
Modi government has spent over Rs 4,880 crore in advertisements through electronic, print and other media.
Earlier this month, in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha, Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Rathore had revealed that his government had spent over Rs 4,880 crore in advertisements through electronic, print and other media, between April 2014 and July 2018.
This amount is two times as much as the previous UPA government had spent between 2011 and 2014.
India Spend has calculated the opportunity cost of the money that the Modi govt. spent on advertising. According to their report, if that money was utilised towards developmental projects like child nutrition, public health or sanitation, India could have made significant gains towards social development indicators.
India Spends’ calculation reveal that the said funds could have fed mid-day meals to 45.7 million children for one full year. Hunger and child nutrition are severe problems in the country. India ranks 100th out of 118 countries on the Global Hunger Index 2017, lower than North Korea and Bangladesh.
The Mars mission was completed by ISRO with only Rs 450 crores. The money that the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) government spent advertising, could have successfully launched 10 more Mars missions. Over 200 million workers under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme could have received one day’s wages.
If the money had been directed towards sanitation, almost 6 million new toilets could have been constructed under the Swachh Bharat Mission.
The budget for repair and maintenance of highways would have increased 67% with these funds.
The Prime Minister should maybe host a dhan ki baat and explain why public funds are being spent in a manner where mere publicity takes importance over public welfare.