gallery and drew on the canvas Mahatma

 for an e-auction, Union Minister G Kishan Reddy said on Saturday. Around 1,348 mementoes are being e-auctioned this year.

These include the equipment gifted to Prime Minister Narendra Modi by medal winners of the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympics games. The proceeds from the auction will go towards the Namami Gange project. This is the third round of e-auctions of gifts presented to the prime minister and is being held from September 17 to October 7 through pmmementos.gov.in.

“Narendra Modi is the first prime minister who has decided to auction all the gifts he receives. The proceeds from the e-auction will go towards the noble cause of conserving Ganga, the lifeline of the country, through Namami Gange. The PM has often described Ganga as a symbol of India’s cultural glory and faith,” Reddy said. “As of October 1, as many as 1,081 items have received bids and the mementoes are on display at the National Gallery of Modern Art in New Delhi,” he said.

Reddy, the Union Minister For Culture and Tourism, visited the gallery and drew on the canvas Mahatma Gandhi’s spectacles that denote his simplicity with the caption ‘Swachatha to commemorate his 152nd birth anniversary, according to a statement from the ministry. He was accompanied by Secretary, Culture, Govind Mohan, DG of National Gallery of Modern Art Adwaita Gadanayak and other senior officers.