Govt to auction over 2700 gifts received by PM Modi

Government opens an opportunity to own 2772 gifts received by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the last six months. These include shawls, mementos, and indigenous handicrafts of different communities. The e-auction will start from September 14, 2019, on The link will also be available on the websites of culture ministry and National Gallery of Modern Art.

The gifts – ranging from Jharkhand's traditional instrument to Rabindranath Tagore's paintings – have been given to the Prime Minister by political leaders, religious groups, industrialists and other people.

While speaking to the media persons, Tourism and Culture minister Prahlad Singh Patel said that price for the gifts starts from Rs 200 and goes up to Rs 2.5 lakh.

The auction process will happen for a month and proceeds of the same will go to Namami Gange, a mission undertaken by the Union Government for conservation and rejuvenation of the Ganga river.

The price of fabrics will be decided by the customs department and price of the rest of the gifts will be decided by government and National Gallery of Modern Art together, the minister further informed.

Earlier, a similar auction was done on January 27, 2019 where 1,800 items including paintings, photographs, turbans, shawls, sculptures and other gifts given to PM Modi were auctioned both online and offline.

However, the government did not mention the entire proceeds, when asked.

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