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Union minister Nitin Gadkari says he gets Rs 4 lakh a month from YouTube for his videos

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Union minister of road transport and highways Nitin Gadkari on Friday said that YouTube is paying him a monthly royalty of Rs 4 lakh for his videos uploaded on the video streaming service. The minister said that the viewership of his videos has gone up during the COVID-19 pandemic.

While reviewing the progress of the Delhi-Mumbai Expressway (DME) in Bharuch, the minister said, “I became a chef and started cooking at home and giving lectures through video conference. I delivered more than 950 lectures online, including lectures to foreign universities students, which were uploaded on YouTube.”

“Viewership of my YouTube channel increased and YouTube now pays me Rs 4 lakh per month as royalty,” he added.

The BJP minister has 1.99 lakh subscribers on the video-sharing platform, where he uploads coverage of speeches he delivers and events he attends, as well as road safety awareness videos and addresses by the president and prime minister.

One of the more popular videos on his channel is one of him sharing post-COVID rehabilitation exercises, which garnered 6.5 lakh views. Gadkari had tested positive for COVID-19 in September 2020 and said the exercises helped him regain his health.

The BJP leader said his ministry has started rating road construction contractors and consultants. Gadkari, who is known for his frank views, said that in India, those who do good work, don’t get appreciation.

Delhi-Mumbai Expressway

The Delhi-Mumbai Expressway, which costs about Rs 95,000 crore, is expected to be completed by March 2023. Gadkari had reviewed the status of the project in Gurugram and said that work on the 160km stretch in Haryana would be done by March 2022.

The eight-lane 1,350 km expressway will be the first such highway in the country to have wildlife crossings, and there will also be a stretch called an ‘e-highway’, where heavy vehicles can travel at a speed of 120 kmph.

 

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