New Delhi: Cabinet ministers in the first
term of the UPA government spent more than Rs 300 crore
on their foreign and domestic travels in the last three years.
The data provided by the Cabinet Secretariat shows more
than Rs 137 crore were spent by ministers of Cabinet rank on
the foreign travels between fiscal 2006-07 and 2008-09 with
highest in the year 2007-08 when more than Rs 115 crore were
spent by them on such travels.
Surprisingly, the expenses incurred on the domestic
travels of Cabinet ministers during the period were more than
the amount spent on their visits abroad.
There were about 30 ministers of the Cabinet rank during
the first term of the UPA government.
The records show that during the three-year period, the
ministers spent more than Rs 163 crore on their travels within
The expenditure incurred by them during 2008-09 was Rs
94.4 crore, which was 38 percent more than the cumulative
expenditure incurred on domestic travels in the previous two
The details were given in an RTI reply to activist SC
Agrawal by the Cabinet Secretariat.
The reply also states that Ministers of State in the
Union Cabinet had spent about Rs 21 crore on their travels
abroad during the period, while Rs 27 crore were spent on
their domestic visits.
About Rs 127 crore were spent by the central ministers in
2008-09, Rs 138.7 crore in 2007-08 and about Rs 82.3 crore
during 2006-07 on their visits abroad as well as within the
The reply from the Cabinet Secretariat did not give any
further breakup of expenses in different heads as they are
held by the Drawing and Disbursing Officers (DDO) of different
"This office does not have any record of any individual
Minister as all the expenditure is booked under one respective
head of account of all the ministers. As per existing rules of
Receipts and Payments Rules the details of each and every
payment to the individual concerned by the DDO of that
Ministry," J L Khurana, Senior Accounts Officer at Ministry of
Personnel, Public Grievances and Pension said.