Prime Minister Narendra Modi has received 65 gifts worth Rs 3.11 lakh during his foreign visits in the past ten months, an RTI query has revealed.
Among the gifts Modi received are gold and diamond studded cufflinks, valued at Rs 75,000, porcelain dishes, tea sets, a statue of Lord Buddha, paintings and carpets.
The external affairs ministry said that former PM Manmohan Singh had, from 2010 to June 2013, received gifts worth Rs 83.72 lakh during foreign tours. His gifts included a sword worth Rs 20.91 lakh and ornaments worth Rs 48.93 lakh.
The foreign ministry provided information on the gifts received by the President, the vice-president, members of Parliament, and government officials during the period between 2010 and 2013.
In this period, UPA chairperson and Congress chief Sonia Gandhi received gifts worth Rs 3.84 lakh during foreign tours, which included bracelets worth Rs 2 lakh.
She was also presented with a pashmina shawl, rugs, tea-sets etc.
Between June 2014 and March 2015, Gandhi received two gifts during foreign tours. One was valued at Rs 3,000 while the other’s commercial value could not be ascertained.
Meanwhile, foreign minister Sushma Swaraj has received gifts worth Rs 4.83 lakh in the last 10 months. As leader of the opposition, between 2010 and 2013, she had received gifts worth nearly Rs 2 lakh.
Gifts valuing more than Rs 5,000 received by government officials representing India abroad are deposited to the gift store in the foreign ministry, where the values of the articles are ascertained. On paying the difference from the base amount, the recipient can keep their gifts.