NDA Government spent around Rs 510 crore on foreign trips by its officials in 2014-15, with ministry of personnel, public grievances and pensions topping the list at Rs 351.6 crore.
According to data shared by Union minister of state for personnel Jitendra Singh in a written reply in Lok Sabha, Home Ministry spent Rs 30.2 crore on foreign travel last fiscal. Next three big spenders were department of space, ministry of civil aviation and tourism and Lok Sabha.
Even though foreign travel bill of all ministries and departments during the last financial year was higher than in 2013-14, it was less than total expenditure incurred on this head in 2012-13, which is Rs 593 crore. UPA was in power during 2012-13, 2013-14 and the first two months of 2014-15.
A look at the data of last three years shows that ministry of personnel spent over Rs 453 crore in 2012-13, higher than the Rs 351crore spent in 2014-15.
Ministries and departments that spent over Rs 1 crore on foreign tours last fiscal include departments of economic affairs, commerce ministry, atomic energy and science & technology, defence (services), defence accounts (civil), DoT, industry ministry, IT ministry, department of revenue; agriculture, culture, I&B, planning, labour and health ministry .
Those which had a major leap in their bills in 2015 are labour ministry, MHA, Rajya Sabha, I&B, youth affairs and sports as well as minority affairs.
Many also showed reduction in their expenses in 2014-15 as compared to 2013-14.
Ministry with the lowest bill was panchayati raj. Its expenses in 2014-15 were Rs 35,650, down from Rs 4.83 lakh in 2013-14 and Rs 11.22 lakh in 2012-13.