New Delhi, August 3: Prime Minister Narendra Modi received only seven gifts during his foreign trips from January to March with the costliest being a Mont Blanc ball point 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, according to official data.Also Read - PM Modi Wears Unique Uttarakhand Traditional Cap Embellished with Brahmakamal Brooch, Here's All About His R-Day Attire
The only two gifts that Modi has been returned to the recipient are a decorative porcelain worth Rs 1,000 and a “House of Commons” wrist watch manufactured by Sekonda worth Rs 3,500, the data showed Also Read - Parade, Parakram And Pride: India Witnesses Many Firsts at 73rd Republic Day Ceremony
Other gifts deposited are a model of the ‘Shabi House’, the Emirati National House, valued at Rs 4,500, the Mont Blanc pen and a decorative sculpture worth Rs 2,000. The value of gold plated memorabilia could not be calculated and was deposited with Toshakhana. Also Read - 4 Reasons Why Tourism is The Next Growth Engine For India, TAAI President Jyoti Mayal Explains
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The data does not reveal the source of gifts on the ground that such disclosure is not in the interest of the bilateral relationships with countries.
The costliest gift received during the period was by Sanjay Verma, JS (Chief of Protocol) Ministry of External Affairs — a Tag Heuer wrist watch valued at Rs 1,20,000. It was also deposited with Toshakhana.
According to the government rules, the gift with the value less than Rs 5000 are 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.