Gandhinagar, Wednesday: Gujarat Chief Minister Narenda Modi today donated 3,064 gifts worth approximately Rs.26.54-lakh to the government treasury. The gifts included 103 gold and silver artifacts, roughly valued at Rs.14.81-lakh, besides artifacts like chariot, watches, mementoes, coins, medals, metal and wooden handicrafts, photo frames, swords, bow and arrows, traditional and tribal attires, umbrellas. The date and venue of the auction of these gifts would be announced shortly.
This happens to be his 13th installment of gifts Mr. Modi has been regularly donating to the treasury since November 2001. He has earlier donated Rs.18.91-crore in the government treasury, the amount raised through auction of 15,464 gifts he had received between November 2001 and December 2013. This totals up to 18,710 gifts so far.
The auctions are held at different places in Gujarat by rotation, as in Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar,Surat, Mehsana,Rajkot, Valsad, Vapi,Bhavnagar, Bharuch and Anand.
Incidentally, Mr. Modi happens to be the only Chief Minister inIndiawho has been regularly donating the gifts he had been receiving for some noble cause. The sum thus raised in donated to the fund for girls’ education, called Kanya Kelavni Nidhi.
This include Rs.3,064 gifts worth Rs.14.81-lakh in the latest installment today.