2020's 36-hour visit by Trump to India cost the Center Rs 38 lakh: RTI

Centre spent about Rs 38 lakh on former US President Donald Trumps 36-hour State visit in 2020 . Trump was accompanied by his wife Melania, daughter Ivanka, son-in-law Jared Kushner, and several top officials .

NEW DELHI: The Center expended about Rs 38 lakh on former US President Donald Trump's 36-hour State visit in 2020 in terms of accommodation, meals, logistics, etc., according to the external affairs ministry.On his first visit to India, Trump was accompanied by his wife Melania, daughter Ivanka, son-in-law Jared Kushner, and several top officials to Ahmedabad, Agra, and New Delhi on February 24-25, 2020.On February 24, he spent three hours in Ahmedabad, attending a 22-km-long roadshow, paying tribute to Mahatma Gandhi at the Sabarmati Ashram, and speaking at a massive gathering, Namaste Trump, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the recently built Motera Cricket Stadium.On the same day as Trump returned to Agra to see Taj Mahal, he flew to Agra.

In an RTI, one Mishall Bhathena asked the external affairs ministry to report the total expense paid by the Indian government to the President and First Lady of the United States of America in February 2020, which included the cost of food, shelter, housing, flights, transport, etc.Bhathena applied for the grant on October 24, 2020, but did not receive an answer; he filed a second appeal and then approached the Commission, the highest appellate body in RTI cases.On August 4, 2022, the EAM submitted a letter to the Commission, blaming Covid-19 for the delay in delivering a response.Heads of State Heads of Government's expense on forthcoming State Visits is a well-established procedure and is complied with internationally accepted requirements.

According to the report, the cost is expected to be around Rs 38,00,000.Chief Information Commissioner Y K Sinha said the ministry has explained the source of the delay in delivering the response satisfactorily after reviewing submissions.Despite the hearing notice served, the appellant has refused to defend his argument.Sinha said that the appellant's dissatisfaction with the results obtained cannot be ascertained.