After I received the first bit of information, I remembered that I had also asked for the publicity expenditure on print media and Electronic Media. They had not given that information. So the for the last 2 days, I was busy roaming around the office of the "Commissiner, I & PR". After 3 hours of successful roaming around, the information is finally here,
PRINT MEDIA EXPENDITURE
2004-05: Rs 20,00,66,000/-
2005-06: Rs 25,79,24,000/-
2006-07: Rs 21,26,05,000/-
2007-08: Rs 18,36,37,000/-
Total: Rs 85,42,32,000/- (85.42 Crore Rupees)
ELECRONIC MEDIA EXPENDITURE
2004-05: Rs 1,17,43,300/-
2005-06: Rs 1,22,72,632/-
2006-07: Rs 2,64,47,937/-
2007-08: Rs 1,72,89,679/-
Total: Rs 6,77,53,548/- ( 6.78 Crore Rupees)
And by God's grace, they spent Rs 7,11,504 (7.12 Lakh Rupees) on Tv ads for the promotion of RTI act.
Wowwww.....What a magnanimous gesture!! And the spending on RTI is comparable to the promotion of the programmes like
"YSR's USA tour - Rs7,60,127 (Rs 7.6 Lakh Rupees)"
" Prawasi Bharatiya Diwas - Rs 7,54,488 (Rs 7.54 Lakh Rupees)"
‘YSR's USA tour’ promotion is as important , if not more important than the promotion of the RTI!!!
THE TOTAL EXPENDITURE
1. Outdoor Publicity - Rs 16,75,58,717 (Rs 16.76 Crore Rupees)
2. Electronic Media - Rs 6,77,53,548 (Rs 6.78 Crore Rupees)
3. Print Media - Rs 85,42,32,000 (Rs 85.42 Crore Rupees)
Total - Rs 108,95,44,265 (Rs 108.96 Crore Rupees)
And do you know the share of RTI promotion in these 109 crores....its Rs 7.12 Lakh Rupees. In percentage terms its 0.065%
We must all thank the Government and Mr YSR for all the wonderful work they are doing!!!
109 crores of public money spent on publicity and still counting!!!
Time to wake up and take note. Lest the state coffer will soon be empty!!!