NEW DELHI || Union Minister of State for Culture and Tourism Prahlad Singh Patel inaugurated Exhibition cum E-auction of Gifts Presented to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, at National Gallery of Modern Art in New Delhi on Saturday.
Speaking on the occasion, Patel said that Modi is the first-ever Prime Minister of India, who has decided to auction all the gifts he receives for a noble cause of conserving the lifeline of the country- the river Ganges through Namami Gange.
The Culture Minister said that the value of these mementoes cannot be measured in monetary terms but the emotional and sentimental values attached to the gifts are high and immeasurable. He also said that a letter will be sent from the Government of India to top 20 highest bidders complimenting them for their contribution towards Namami Gange Project.
The Union Minister said that this is the 2nd round of E-auction of prestigious and memorable gifts presented to Prime Minister of India. He further said that the exhibition will be held from today to 3rd October 2019 on the web portal www.pmmementos.gov.in.
While speaking to the media, the Minister informed that more than 2700 mementoes will be E-auctioned in this round.
Around 500 mementoes are presently on display entitled “SMRITI CHINH” for the general public at the National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA) from 11 am in the morning till 8 pm in the evening. The displayed Mementos will be changed every week.
The gift items including Paintings, Memento, Sculptures, shawls, Pagri, Jackets and Traditional musical instruments etc are displayed artistically in the Administrative Wing of the NGMA. The lowest base price of the mementoes is Rs. 200/- and the highest is Rs. 2.5 Lakhs, he added.
He also informed that the Mementos include 576 Shawls, 964 AngaVastram, 88 Pagris and various jackets portraying the diversified and colourful Culture of our Country. The Amount raised in lieu of the Auction shall be used to support the Project “Namami Gange”, he added.