New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has received 168 gifts worth Rs 12.57 lakh during his foreign visits between July 2017 and June 2018, according to data of the ministry of external affairs’ treasury.
These gifts include a Montblanc wristwatch valued at 1.10 lakh, a silver plaque and set of Montblanc pens worth Rs 2.15 lakh and Rs 1.25 lakh, respectively, the data on ministry’s website showed. 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.
Received replicas of temples, mosque
Modi also received crystal and silver bowls, replicas of the Pashupatinath and Muktinath temples of Nepal and replica of a mosque valued at Rs 50,000 and a dagger worth Rs 20,000.
What is the rule?
Gifts valued at over Rs 5,000 received by government officials representing India abroad are deposited in the treasury of the ministry. If the market value of the gift is less than this amount, the person is allowed to keep it.