Vipul Goel, Haryana Minister of Industries & Commerce, Skill Development & Industrial Training and Environment, raised Rs 2.52 crore at an auction of gifts and mementos received by him during his tenure as a minister to contribute to the Prime Minister’s National Relief fund. The auction initiative, I for Humanity, was held in Faridabad on Sunday.
Goel said it is a matter of satisfaction for him that his gifts can be used for the PM’s Relief Fund for the welfare of poor and needy. He said the BJP government is committed to the welfare of the poor. Goel said the inspiration for the auction had come from the PM who had auctioned 460 gifts for Namami Gange Project.
Film actor Randeep Hooda said film stars often auction their clothes or gifts for social work, but auction of gifts by a political leader is a new and inspiring step.
The highest bidder of the event was J P Garg of Knorr Bremse India Limited who took away a memento for Rs 1 crore. The initiative was attended by more than 300 socialites, industrialists and educationists of Delhi-NCR at Hotel Rajhans, Surajkund, Faridabad.