The auction of gift articles belonging to Gujarat Chief Minister Shri Narendra Modi, which began on 3rd March in Vadodara, got a good response from bidders, an official said here. The proceeds from bidding would be spent on girls’ education in the state.
The Chief Minister receives scores of gifts and souvenirs in events and functions he attends. Each and every gift is deposited with the government treasury (toshakhana), and auctioned to support the education of the girl child (kanya kelavani.) A special fund Kanya Kelavani Nidhi has been created for this cause.
Parliamentary secretary to the Chief Minister, Yogesh Patel said," it is good opportunity for the citizens of central Gujarat to contribute for a noble cause."
City Mayor and MP Balkrishna Shukla said," the proceeds of biddings would be spent on girls’ education."
As many as 1173 gift articles from Shri Narendra Modi's treasure house are being auctioned here to raise fund for girls’ education. The auction will continue till March 5.
District Collector Vijay Nehra said that it was for the first time such auction was taking place in the entire central Gujarat.
As many as 50 turbans, traditional tribal bows and arrows, over 200 shawls, crystal mementos, artistic silver pots, silver idols, the images of Maharana Pratap and Mahatma Gandhi, wooden articles and paintings will be auctioned.