Union Culture Minister Prahlad Patel on Wednesday, announced that more than 2,700 gifts received by PM Modi would be auctioned online starting from September 14 to October 3. He also mentioned that a total of 2,772 gifts would be part of the E-Auction. These are the gifts received by PM Modi in the last six months of his tenure. In the meantime, the Ministry of Culture declared that the gifts have been put on display currently at the National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA) in New Delhi from 11 am to 8 pm.
Ministry of Culture is organizing the Second round of E-Auction of the Prime Minister Mementos during 14th September to 3rd October, 2019 on the portal https://t.co/zAftsegOYC. The Amount raised will be used to support Namami Gange Project.#PMMementos #NamamiGange pic.twitter.com/YbNuxkjpZI— Ministry of Culture (@MinOfCultureGoI) September 11, 2019
Mementos are presently on display at National Gallery of Modern Art, Jaipur House, India Gate, New Delhi From 11 am to 8 Pm— Ministry of Culture (@MinOfCultureGoI) September 11, 2019
Republic TV accessed the exhibition of the PM's mementos at the NGMA. All gifts received by PM Modi in the last six months have been exhibited there. For instance, the 1869 model of the ship Cutty Sark is clearly visible. He received this memento on his visit to Bangladesh. Also, several portraits including that of INS Arihant have been showcased. Besides this, the idol of Tirupati Balaji which was presented to PM Modi by Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy too is on display. The elephant statue gifted at the time of the PM's Udupi rally in Karnataka, the sword received from the Shiromani Akali Dal President, and other gifts presented by the BJP workers could also be easily spotted.
Please find the images accessed by Republic TV below -
This is not the first time such an auction is being conducted. Earlier this year, over 1,800 gifts of PM Modi were sold in a fortnight-long auction. The proceeds from the auction went to the Central Government's flagship 'Namami Gange' programme, an initiative to clean the Ganges River. According to the Culture Minister, the price of the gifts in the second E-Auction ranges from Rs 200 to Rs 2,50,000. Moreover, alike the previous auction, the proceeds this time would again be diverted to 'Namami Gange'.