Media reports quoting
certain quarters about massive expenses from the Exchequer on UPA
Chairperson`s Overseas visits have been brought to the notice of the
Prime Minister`s Office.
The reports quoting an expense of Rs. 1880 crore are untrue and
The Central Information Commissioner has already denied these reports
and made a statement.
The Prime Minister`s Office would like to put on record that the
Government has incurred no expenses on UPA Chairperson`s visits abroad.
Expenses for her security contingent are borne by the Special Protection
During the last 8 years only one trip to Belgium undertaken at the
invitation of the Belgian Government to receive a national honour was
paid for by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations. The total cost
was less than Rs. 3 lakhs.
It is further clarified that the Government has not borne any expenses
for UPA Chairperson`s medical treatment abroad and in India.