Narendra Modi has travelled approximately eight-and-a-half times around the globe since assuming the post of Prime Minister of India in 2014.
As part of official foreign trips, the Prime Minister has reportedly travelled 3.4 lakh kilometres over the last three years.
The PMO website states that PM Modi travelled across 45 countries over 119 days; which is approximately 10 per cent of his time as the PM.
Data which has been made available on the website of PMO indicates that India has spent Rs 275 crore on flights used by PM Modi for these visits since May 26, 2014. This excludes expenditure for five trips, data for which is not available.
The most expensive trip- Rs 31.2 crore was undertaken by the Prime Minister for an eight-day journey through France, Germany and Canada from April 9-17 in 2015. The second on that list is the Prime Minister’s trip to Myanmar, Australia and Fiji from November 11-20, 2014, amounting to Rs 22.58 crore. The third most expensive, being the Prime Minister’s visit to Brazil from July 13-17, 2014, with a tag of Rs 20.35 crore. The detailed expenditure is listed on the website.
While the expenses on foreign tours of the Prime Minister are met out of the budget head “Cabinet Ministers — Maintenance of PM’s aircraft — Other charges”; expenses on domestic visits of the Prime Minister are met out of the budget of Ministry of Defence.
It is interesting to note that that the Prime Minister’s duration of stay abroad has reduced over the years. In his first year as the Prime Minister (May 2014 – May 2015), PM Modi spent 55 days in foreign countries. The number reduced to 40 in his second year, and to 24 in the third.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has made multiple trips to nine countries- four times to the United States, twice to China, and also France, Afghanistan, Japan, Nepal, Russia, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Uzbekistan.