42% Of PM Modi's Ministers Spent 393 Days Abroad
More than 42% the Union Cabinet collectively spent 393 days on foreign visits in the first 9 months of the NDA government, according to data compiled by Factly.in, a data-journalism portal.
Twenty-seven of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's cabinet colleagues went on at least one foreign visit between May 2014 and March 2015, Factly.in reported.
One of the major talking points in the first year of the NDA Government has been the extensive foreign travel by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
What has not been quite so strongly discussed is the foreign trips by his Cabinet colleagues.
A total of 60 countries were visited by at least one member of the Union Cabinet.
Together, they spent 393 days abroad.
Apart from Prime Minister Narendra Modi, six of his cabinet colleagues visited at least five countries.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Minister of State (MoS) for External Affairs Gen. (Dr) V K Singh (Retd), MoS for Petroleum & Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister for Road Transport & Highways Nitin Gadkari, Mos for Environment Prakash Javdekar & MoS for Commerce & Industry Nirmala Sitharaman visited at least five countries.
Many of the ministers travelled abroad for bilateral & multilateral summits.
They also travelled abroad for BRICS Summit, G-20 related meetings, attending World Economic Forum, SAARC meetings, World Congress & Asia meetings on various issues. Seven ministers travelled abroad on private visits.