Nagpur: It is said that politicians earn in crores, but Nitin Gadkari earns in lakhs.
Watch his YouTube videos and you will know.
Gadkari recently said that he gets Rs 4 lakh as royalty every month from YouTube as the viewership of his lecture videos posted on the popular video streaming platform has increased during the pandemic.
An aide of the senior Union minister told PTI that the earnings from YouTube may not always be as high as he had mentioned, but they are enough as they have a large, devoted following, who are always waiting for new videos to frank their frankness. are doing ?? Some say brutally frank?? Thoughts on various topics.
And there are many more videos.
The aide says Gadkari addresses five to seven webinars daily from his residences in Nagpur or Delhi and has so far conducted around 1500 such virtual conversations during the pandemic.
Soon after the first national lockdown was imposed, Gadkari started addressing programs and various programs through video link.
The associate says that since April 2, 2020, Gadkari has been a part of around 1500 such events that have reached out to crores of people in India and abroad.
Gadkari has 9.2 million followers on Twitter, 1.6 million on Facebook, 1.3 million on Instagram and 2 million on YouTube.
Content monetization has helped them earn big money from YouTube.
While the topics he has touched on in online conversations range from gyms to gemstones, as colleagues say, Gadkari moves as strongly when he speaks on cooking as he did on the expressway he built.
Self-proclaimed foodie, Gadkari says he started cooking at home during the pandemic.
His YouTube channel started in 2015 but has become more active during the pandemic.
It has thousands of views of all his speeches, press conferences and media bytes.
People who like videos also tag them, which leads to more viewership.
Gadkari was invited by international organizations, universities to deliver speeches during the pandemic and all those videos were uploaded on his YouTube channel, the associates say.
In these virtual conversations, Gadkari’s approach is to ask people to turn adversity into opportunity, associates say.
Through his many webinars, Gadkari has interacted with chambers of commerce, economic forums, students, scientists, entrepreneurs, foreign investors and Indians abroad.
Two Nagpur-based journalists, Rahul Pandey and Sarita Kaushik, are bringing a book titled ‘Unmasking India’ through about 500 of these webinars.
He said that the book is a compilation of wonderful thoughts expressed by Gadkari on Atmanirbhar Bharat.
Pandey said Gadkari has interacted online with leading doctors, engineers, policy makers and secretaries in most state and central government departments.
He said that these people shared their problems with Gadkari, who guided them towards the solution.
The range of topics covered is diverse, from micro, small and medium industries to agriculture, forestry, transportation and green energy.
Gadkari not only interacted with major builders or players in the real estate sector, but also interacted with the tribals of Gadchiroli district, who collect honey and tendu leaves for a livelihood.
Pandey says that during his online lectures and interactions, Gadkari has talked about his road map for cluster-driven development along highways, with equal emphasis on promoting agriculture and creating value from agriculture and forest produce. So that economic prosperity can come in rural India.