NEW DELHI: An expenditure of at least Rs 17.60 lakh was incurred on the oath-taking ceremony of Prime Minister NarendraModi in the forecourt of RashtrapatiBhavan, 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.(PTI)