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Rs.15 crore spent on print media ads by Delhi's AAP Govt in 3 months
What seems to be a huge wastage of taxpayers' money, the Aam Aadmi Party administration is spending Rs.16 lakh in a day, on advertising in print media, a reply to an RTI inquiry has revealed. Precisely, the Delhi government has spent Rs. 14.45 crore on advertisements in print media only in last 91 days.

Apart from the amount of money being spent by the Delhi administration on ads, the names of publications that have received the money, have also been disclosed. There are three Malayali newspapers along with one Kannada publication, which are widely popular in Kerala and Karnataka respectively. However, the Arvind Kejriwal-led government has justified the spending saying that the ads were intended at spreading awareness about various public policies.

The Lok Sabha was informed that around Rs.5 crore was spent for advertising the two rounds of the odd-even scheme. The scheme was implemented for 15 days in January 2016 and then in April 2016.

Aman Panwar, the lawyer who is associated with the Congress party, had filed the RTI. The Congress had drawn flak in 2010, for spending Rs.23 crore during the Commonwealth Games under Sheila Dikshit's regime.

During the first year in power, the AAP government exhausted Rs.80 crore. Notably, the party was criticized also for keeping aside Rs.500 crore for ads in the state budget.

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Recently, the Congress had filed a complaint against AAP, alleging that the party had spent a huge amount of advertising money on media blitz, following its completion of one year in office.

It was alleged that a large number of ads were put up in various metropolis across India, while the AAP is ruling only in Delhi. "These outstation ads are of no use to the Delhi taxpayers or for the residents of towns and cities like Chennai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru etc," the petition had said.

Ajay Maken, the Delhi Congress chief has also criticized the AAP administration saying that, "On one hand we don't have money to pay to 'safai karmcharis' for salaries. On one hand we don't have money to pay for pensions. On the other hand, they are spending more than the previous year on their self-publicity.

Here's the response of the RTI query:

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