The Narendra Modi government spent Rs 911.17 crore on advertisements on print, TV and internet media platforms from 2019 to June this year, Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Singh Thakur has said.
Thakur was speaking at Rajya Sabha in response to a question posed by senior Congress official Digvijaya Singh on Thursday.
Digvijaya Singh had asked for details on the number of newspapers, TV stations and web portals that ran advertisements for the Union Government and the total funds spent on these advertisements since 2019.
The Hindu Nationalist government has spent Rs 199.76 crore on advertisements on TV channels from 2019 to June this year. Of this amount, Rs 98.69 crore has been given to 270 channels between 2019 and 2020. From 2020 to 2021, the government has given Rs 69.81 crore to 318 channels.
During the period 2021 to 2022, Rs 29.30 crore was spent on 265 channels. In the current financial year, Rs 1.96 crore was spent on advertisements on 99 TV channels.
According to the data, from 2019 to 2020, the BJP government gave Rs 295.05 crore for advertisements in 5,326 newspapers. The following fiscal year, Rs 197.49 crore was spent on advertisements in 5,210 newspapers. The government has spent Rs 179.04 crore on advertisements in 6,224 newspapers from 2021 to 2022, and Rs 19.25 crore in the current financial year.
As for advertisements on web portals, the Narendra Modi government has spent funds amounting to Rs 20.58 crore for advertisements on web portals since 2019. At least 54 received Rs 9.35 crore for advertisements on web portals. advertisements in 2019, 72 websites earned Rs 7.43 crore in 2020, 18 websites earned Rs 1.83 crore in 2021, and 30 websites earned Rs 1.97 crore in the fiscal year In progress.