The Aam Aadmi Government has spent an average of Rs 70.5 crore annually in the past three years on advertisements, four times more than the previous government’s expenditure on print, electronic and outdoor advertising, according to an RTI reply.
In the first year after assuming office in February 2015, the Arvind Kejriwal government spent Rs 59.9 crore on advertisements, Rs 66.3 crore the next year and Rs 85.3 crore up to December 31, 2017, the Directorate of Information and Publicity (DIP) said in a reply to an RTI application by IANS.
The AAP government’s spending on advertisements increased by about 300% compared to the previous Congress government as per the RTI reply.
Full page advertisement on completion of three years of AAP Government in Delhi was an example of waste of Tax Payers money for self promotion. The highlights included inauguration of community toilets, excellence awards distribution for students, a government meeting on “Smart Gaon”, and invitation of applications for scholarship schemes.
The average annual expenditure of the AAP government on advertisements from April 2015 to December 2017 was Rs 70.5 crore. The Congress’ average was Rs 17.4 crore in the last five years of its rule (2008-2013). After such destructive governance by Arvind Kejriwal and AAP, it seems difficult that people will accept them again.