The e-auction organized by the ministry of culture, started on Friday, September 17, 2021, on the occasion of the Indian Prime Minister Modi’s birthday, and will continue till October 7. This is the third edition of such an auction, in which individuals or organizations can participate via the website: https://pmmementos.gov.in.
Proceeds to go to Namami Gange’ initiative
Items at the auction include Paralympian Avani Lekhara and Bhavani Patel’s t-shirts. The racquet that PV Sindhu used in her Olympic match where she won the bronze medal was also a part of the auction. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Sunday, urged people to take part in the auction of several gifts and mementos that he has received over the year. He further said the amount collected would go to the ‘Namami Gange’ initiative.
Over time, I have received several gifts and mementos which are being auctioned. This includes the special mementos given by our Olympics heroes. Do take part in the auction. The proceeds would go to the Namami Gange initiative.https://t.co/Oeq4EYb30M pic.twitter.com/PrF44YWBrN— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) September 19, 2021
PM Modi tweeted “Over time, I have received several gifts and mementos which are being auctioned. This includes the special mementos given by our Olympics heroes. Do take part in the auction. The proceeds would go to the Namami Gange initiative”.
“The memorabilia includes sports gear and equipment of the medal-winning Olympians and Paralympians, a replica of the Ayodhya Ram Mandir, Char Dham, Rudraksha Convention Centre, models, sculptures, paintings, ‘angavastram’ among others,” the ministry had said in a statement.
Olympic bronze medalist Lovlina Borgohain’s boxing gloves received the highest bid at the e-auction. Borgohain’s gloves with a base price of Rs 80 lakh, received a bid of Rs 1.92 crore. Olympic gold medalist, Neeraj Chopra’s javelin got a bid of Rs 1.5 crore. Other items at the auction included Paralympian Avani Lekhara and Bhavani Patel’s t-shirts.
Apart from sports gear, the e-auction also includes a replica of the Kedarnath Temple and the Statue of Unity, along with the portraits and photographs of the Prime Minister. The base price of Modi’s photograph and portraits is Rs 2 lakh. In 2019, the government had auctioned more than 4,000 gifts received by the prime minister which also went to the ‘Namami Gange’ Programme.