Indian ministers' travels: How much they spend

The Indian government, from time to time, declares strong austerity measures to tackle high inflation in the country. However, an analysis of the travelling expenses of various ministers reveals figures that do not exactly coincide with the government's austerity measures. Cabinet ministers, ministers of state and even the Indian prime minister in the last few years spent whopping amounts on their travel - both domestic and overseas - raising questions over the government's plans to control expenses, and inflation. Here are the travelling expenses incurred by Indian ministers in the period 2004 to 2011:

In this photograph received from the Press Information Bureau (PIB) on June 19, 2013 Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is pictured in flight making an aerial survey of disaster affected areas of Uttarakhand. Military helicopters dropped emergency supplies June 19 to thousands of people stranded by flash floods that tore through towns and temples in northern India and neighbouring Nepal, killing more than 160, officials said. AFP PHOTO/PIB/AMIT AMRIT ----EDITORS NOTE---- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT - "AFP PHOTO/PIB/AMIT AMRIT" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS -----
Flood In Yamuna River
In this photograph received from the Press Information Bureau (PIB) on June 19, 2013 Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is pictured in flight making an aerial survey of disaster affected areas of Uttarakhand. Military helicopters dropped emergency supplies June 19 to thousands of people stranded by flash floods that tore through towns and temples in northern India and neighbouring Nepal, killing more than 160, officials said. AFP PHOTO/PIB/AMIT AMRIT ----EDITORS NOTE---- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT - "AFP PHOTO/PIB/AMIT AMRIT" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS -----
JAIPUR, INDIA - MAY 16: Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi talks to media after series of feedback meetings with Congress workers at Birla Auditorium on May 16, 2013 in Jaipur, India. He met with office bearers and workers to get their feedback over the party's prospects in the upcoming assembly and Lok Sabha elections. Assembly polls are scheduled in Congress-ruled Rajasthan at the year-end. (Photo by Himanshu Vyas/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
Rahul Gandhi Holds Feedback Meetings In Jaipur
JAIPUR, INDIA - MAY 16: Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi talks to media after series of feedback meetings with Congress workers at Birla Auditorium on May 16, 2013 in Jaipur, India. He met with office bearers and workers to get their feedback over the party's prospects in the upcoming assembly and Lok Sabha elections. Assembly polls are scheduled in Congress-ruled Rajasthan at the year-end. (Photo by Himanshu Vyas/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
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