“The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government had last year set aside whopping Rs 526 crore for information and publicity in the 2015-16 Budget. In wake of severe criticism and public outrage, Delhi government is all set to slash advertising budget.”
The AAP government is expected to trim its publicity budget down by 50% for the next fiscal. It must be noted here that AAP’s massive ad budget, which was even higher than central advertising budget, had triggered outrage from the opposition and public at large.
Ad budget supersedes funds for welfare schemes
Delhi government’s massive advertising budget of Rs 526 crores is more than the funds earmarked for various initiatives on welfare schemes.
A quick comparison reveals a shocking state of affairs about Delhi government vis-à-vis welfare initiatives and moves to self-glorification.
In the last budget, Rs 338 crore was earmarked for SC/ST/ EWS welfare, Rs 208 crore for labour and employment and Rs 400 crore for the development of slums.
AAP on self – glorification drive
Aam Aadmi Party had been seen spending crores of rupees in glorifying Delhi government and that too across the country. Now, this raises serious questions on contention of Kejriwal. Why is he spending huge money from taxpayers’ in gloriying party’s deeds in national capital in states like Goa, Uttrakhand and Kerla?
During Kejriwal’s recent Punjab tour, AAP was seen splurging massive amount on highlighting Delhi government’s achievement. Delhi government could have well spent this amount on development work on the National capital but instead went on a self-promotion drive.
After reigning power in Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal government in last one year has spent hundreds of crores, and shockingly to celebrate its one-year completion of government in Delhi, it went on an advertising spree across the country.