The Goa unit of the Congress on Wednesday wrote to Guinness World Records (GWR) recommending Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s name for a record of the “highest number of foreign trips”.
Taking a dig at the PM, Goa Congress General Secretary Sankalp Amonkar wrote a letter to the GWR officials in the United Kingdom, claiming the PM has set the record of making 41 trips to 52 countries in four years. In the letter, Amonkar has also alleged that PM Modi has spent Rs 55,30,38,465 on his foreign visits.
"We are overwhelmed and extremely happy to suggest the name of India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi who has set the world record. He has correctly used the resources of India and set the record of making 41 trips to 52 countries in four years. He has already spent Rs 355 crore," read the letter by Goa Congress General Secretary Sankalp Amonkar to the GWR officials in the United Kingdom, which was sent through a registered post.
The copies of the letter, written by Goa Congress spokesperson Sankalp Amonkar, were given to the media.
"The PM has become a role model for future generations of India as no other prime minister in the world has travelled (so much) across the countries of the world in their respective tenures," the letter said.
"We would like to inform you that in his tenure the value of Indian rupee skidded to 69.03 against the US dollar making the Indian currency most vulnerable and worst- performing currency in Asia," the letter added.
Speaking to reporters, Amonkar claimed that the Prime Minister had spent more time abroad than in India
This comes after an RTI response revealed that the Prime Minister has spent Rs 355 crore on 41 trips to over 50 countries. In response to the RTI query filed by activist Bhimappa Gadad, the PMO revealed the PM stayed abroad for a cumulative of 165 days.
As per the PM India website, the expenses of PM Modi's foreign trips are met out of the budget head of “Cabinet Ministers, while the domestic visits of PM are met out of the budget of Ministry of Defence.
According to the RTI reply, the government spent Rs 31,25,78,000 on Modi's nine-day tri-nation visit to France, Germany and Canada, the highest amount spent on a single trip.
The lowest was spent on the Prime Minister's trip to Bhutan. Rs 2,45,27,465 was spent on Modi's first ever abroad trip on 15-16 June 2014, the RTI reply said.