New Delhi, May 16: Arvind Kejriwal government is spending around Rs 16 lakh per day on print advertising, revealed an RTI inquiry. As per the reply, the current Delhi government has spent Rs 14.45 crore on advertising, excluding broadcast. The AAP-led Delhi government have given advertisements in three Malayalam and one Kannada newspapers which are popular in the respective regions.
However, AAP government said that the advertisements are aimed at spreading awareness about public policies. In a reply to Lok Sabha, they admitted to spending about Rs 5 crore for publicising ads on the odd-even scheme which was implemented for 15 days each in January and April. AAP government had spent Rs 80 crore on ads while in its first year in power. In 2015, AAP came under fire for allocating Rs 500 crore for advertisements in the state budget. (ALSO READ: AAP Odd Even Sham? Arvind Kejriwal government spent Rs. 20 Crore on plan; Rs. 4 Crore on ads!)
The RTI was filed by advocate Aman Panwar of the Congress party. Congress had filed a case alleging that AAP is using a lot of advertising money on media.
Delhi Congress chief Ajay Maken said that the AAP government is spending money on self-publicity. He said, “On one hand we don’t have money to pay to ‘safai karmacharis’ for salaries. On one hand we don’t have money to pay for pensions. On the other hand, they are spending more than the previous year on their self-publicity.”