New Delhi: The Ministry of External Affairs’ treasury has released a data that says Prime Minister Narendra Modi received 168 gifts worth Rs 12.57 lakh during his foreign visits between July 2017 and June 2018. The gifts include a Montblanc wrist watch valued at 1.10 lakh, a silver plaque and a set of Montblanc pens worth Rs 2.15 lakh and Rs 1.25 lakh, respectively. PM Modi was also gifted figurines, paintings, books, photographs and a model of the bullet train, as per data.Also Read - Read About India's First World-Class Railway Station in Habibganj | 10 Points

The Toshakhana stores gifts above a certain value. During this period, the prime minister visited 20 countries, including Israel, Germany, China, Jordan, Palestine, the UAE, Russia, Oman, Sweden, the UK, Indonesia, and Malaysia. Also Read - Boss, Are You Listening? This Generous Woman Gave Her Staff Rs 7.5 Lakh Each & 2 First Class Tickets As Gifts | Watch

Modi also received crystal and silver bowls, replicas of the Pashupatinath and Muktinath temples of Nepal, shawls, figurines of gods and goddess, tea sets, carpets, cardigans, mufflers and fountain pens, among others, according to the data. Also Read - Historic! Over 100 Monuments Lit up in Tricolour to Mark 100 Crore Vaccination in India | See Photos

Last year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had received only seven gifts during his foreign trips from January to March with the costliest being a Mont Blanc ballpoint pen worth Rs 25,000. Out of the seven gifts, five have been deposited with the ‘Toshakhana’ — a depository for gifts managed by the External Affairs Ministry — including a gold-plated memorabilia, one chaplet malachite stone, and others, said the official data.

The only two gifts that Modi has been returned to the recipient are decorative porcelain worth Rs 1,000 and a “House of Commons” wristwatch manufactured by Sekonda worth Rs 3,500, the data showed.

According to the government rules, the gift with the value less than Rs 5000 is being offered to the recipient for retention. If the value is more than Rs 5000, the recipient is offered the option to purchase the gift on payment of the difference between the market value and Rs 5,000.

(With PTI inputs)