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42% Of The Prime Minister’s Cabinet Colleagues Travelled Abroad In The First 9 Months

42% Of The Prime Minister’s Cabinet Colleagues Travelled Abroad In The First 9 Months

The members of the Union Cabinet spent a total of 393 days in foreign visits. More than 42% of the Union Cabinet made foreign visits in the first 9 months of the NDA government. Most of these visits were made for bilateral and multilateral summits.


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One of the major talking points in the first year of the NDA Government has been the extensive foreign travel undertaken by the Prime Minister. While a lot has been written and said about the foreign visits undertaken by the Prime Minister, there is little written about his Cabinet colleagues. Factly compiled data about the foreign travel undertaken by the members of the Cabinet from May 2014 to March 2015. Twenty seven (27) of Modi’s Cabinet colleagues undertook at least one foreign visit. This is about 42% of the total strength of the Union Cabinet.


Countries Visited


A total of sixty (60) countries were visited by at least one member of the Union Cabinet. All of them together spent 393 days abroad. Apart from Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Six(6) 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.


Cabinet Members who visited Most Countries - Indian Minster Foreign Visits


Purpose of Such Visits


Many of them 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 etc. Seven of the ministers undertook foreign travel for private visits.


Ministers who went Foreign Travel for Private Visits - Indian Minster Foreign Visits


The details of the visits by the members of the Union Cabinet are in the table below.


S No Name of the Minister Portfolio Number of Countries Visited Number of Days Purpose
1 Shri Narendra Modi Prime Minister 18 54 Bi-lateral, Multi Lateral Summits
2 Smt Sushma Swaraj External Affairs 18 52 Bi-lateral, Multi Lateral Summits
3 Gen. (Dr) V K Singh (Retd) External Affairs (MoS) 11 25 Bilateral Talks & Other Events
4 Shri Dharmendra Pradhan Petroleum and Natural Gas(MoS) 5 14 World Petroleum Congress,TAPI Gas Pipeline,World Petroleum Congress
5 Shri Nitin Gadkari Road Transport and Highways 5 12 Nepal Summit, Bi-lateral Meetings, Private Visit (Sweden)
6 Shri Prakash Javadekar Environment, Climate Change, Information & Broadcasting and Parliamentary Affairs (MoS) 5 26 United Nations meeting, Major Economic Forum, Climate Change Summit,UN Conference on Climate Change
7 Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman Commerce & Industry (MoS) 5 23 BRICS Summit, G-20, Bi-lateral meetings, Accompanied Vice President of India
8 Shri Harsha Vardhan Health and Family Welfare (Earlier) 4 17 Global Meets of Health Ministers & World Conferences
9 Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu Parliamentary Affairs, Urban Development & Housing and Urban Poverty Alleivation 4 18 Leader of Parliamentary Delegation, Asia Pacific Ministerial Conference, Smartcity Expo World Congress
10 Shri Santosh Kumar Gangwar Textiles, Parliamentary Affairs, Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation 4 14 Goodwill delegation of Parliamentarians
11 Shri Suresh  Prabhu Railways 4 11 Private Visit (Moscow), G-20 Meetings, 13thAnnual Flagship Conference India Unlimited
12 Shri Rajnath Singh Home Minister 3 8 SAARC & Bi-lateral meetings
13 Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad Communications and Information Technology and Law & Justice 3 9 Asia-Pacific Telecommunity (APT) ICT Ministerial meeting,International Telecommunication Union (ITU) meeting
14 Smt. Harsimrat Kaur Badal Food Processing Industries 3 18 Private Visit (Italy & UAE), SIAL Fair 2014
15 Shri Arun Jaitley Finance 2 16 Annual BRICS Meeting, G-20, World Economic Forum, Private Visit (USA)
16 Shri Kalraj Mishra Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises 2 7 Interactive Business Sessions, Inauguration of Vocational Training with GOI Support
17 Shri Narendra Singh Tomar Mines, Steel,  Labour & Employment 2 8 G-20 meeting & “MINING INDABA 2015”
18 Shri P Radhakrishnan Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises(MoS) 2 6 Accompanied the President of India
19 Shri Anant Geete Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises 1 2 Annual Indian Investment Forum
20 Shri Birender Singh Rural Development 1 9 AARDO Conference
21 Shri Inderjit Singh Planning,Statistics and Programme Implementation and Defense (MoS) 1 6 Private Visit (Spain)
22 Shri Jayant Sinha Finance (MoS) 1 5 G-20 meeting
23 Shri Kiren Rijiju Home Affairs (MoS) 1 6 Asian Ministerial Conference on various issues
24 Shri Manoj Kumar Sinha Railways (MoS) 1 10 Private Visit (USA)
25 Shri Piyush Goyal Power, Coal and NRE (MoS) 1 3 World Economic Forum
26 Shri. Gowdara Mallikarjunappa Siddeswara Civil Aviation(MoS) 1 6 Private Visit (USA)
27 Shri. Shripad Yesso Naik AYUSH and Health and Family Welfare (MoS) 1 4 Ministerial segment of 83rd General Assembly of IMTERPOL
28 Smt. Maneka Sanjay Gandhi Women & Child Development 1 4 Asian and Pacific Conference on ‘Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment


Source: Unstarred Question No 3678, answered on 18th March, 2015 in the Lok Sabha, Ministry of External Affairs.


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