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Central Public Information Officer (CPIO), Banamali Naik, however, said the expenditure on the celebrations this year has not been finalised as yet.
According to information provided by the ministry to RTI activist Nutan Thakur, Rs 34.50 crore has been spent for International Yoga Day celebrations in 2015 and 2016. This includes Rs 16.40 crore for 2015 and Rs 18.10 crore for 2016.
The CPIO declined to provide a copy of the documents with regard to the expenses, stating that they were bulky and ran into hundreds of pages.
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