How much Central Government is spending for advertisement in papers on birth and death anniversaries of leaders? It is a whooping Rs.142 ctores in the 5 years during 2008-2013. Cabinet Secretary Ajit Kumar Seth has given the information. For Gandhiji, Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi alone, Rs. 53 crore has been spent.
Now BJP government is examining to reduce the advertisement for birth/ death anniversaries of Father of the Nation.
Good! Unnecessary expenditure is certainly to be avoided. But whether the present decision is politically motivated since almost all the leaders whose anniversaries are being advertised are Congress leaders?