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Rashtrapati Bhavan to lend 155 gifts to Amravati museum

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The decision to give the gifts, received by the President from various people and groups in the country and abroad, was taken following a request by Amravati District Collector, a Rashtrapati Bhavan official said.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) has also been signed between the Rashtrapati Bhavan officials and Sports Complex Authority, Amravati in this regard.

As per the proposal, these souvenirs including artifacts will be given to Sports Complex Authority "on loan" and Rashtrapati Bhavan can take these articles back anytime.

"The Rashtrapati Bhavan has accepted the request by Collector Amravati who is also the chairman of Sports Complex Authority Amravati. According to the MoU, these articles can be called back anytime," the official said.

Initially, no time limit has been fixed for return of the gifts to Rashtrapati Bhavan.

Patil, whose five-year tenure as the President is coming to end later this month, has received about 2,500 gift articles from individuals, societies and groups among others in India and during her foreign tours.

As per the norms, the gifts received by head of state are to be kept in a designated place or 'Tosha Khana' (treasury) inside the Rashtrapati Bhavan in the national capital.

This is not the first time that the gift items are being loaned for public display. "Former Presidents including late Dr Shankar Dayal Sharma and Dr A P J Abdul Kalam have also given some gifts for temporary display," the official said.

Patil, who hails from Nadgaon village of Jalgaon District of Maharashtra, is the first woman to be elected as the 12th President of the country.

She assumed charge of the head of state on July 25, 2007.

Her son, Rajendra Singh Shekhawat is a Member of Maharashtra Legislative Assembly from Amravati constituency. Patil's husband, Devisingh Shekhawat was the first Mayor of Amravati Municipal Corporation and has represented Amravati constituency as its MLA.

First Published: Fri, July 13 2012. 19:05 IST