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Modi's top officer got gold, silver, iPhone as gifts from unknown people, minister says no need for an inquiry
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Modi's top officer got gold, silver, iPhone as gifts from unknown people, minister says no need for an inquiry



Punjab Today thinks government should inquire so that officer can say thank you to the benefactor! It’s good manners.

New Delhi: Someone was so worried about the financial condition of Union finance secretary Hasmukh Adhia, one of India's top bureaucrats responsible for its economy, that he/she sent gold biscuits, an iPhone and silver coin, to his house without even revealing his/her name. 

While many found this shocking, Finance Minister Piyush Goyal remains unmoved. In fact, he said the Union Secretary could not refuse these gifts as he was not at home every time the gifts were delivered. 

After the story broke out in early March this year, Adhia had claimed he had deposited the gifts in the Toshakhana maintained by the external affairs ministry. As a result, Piyush Goyal has now ruled out any need to inquire further.

First, someone sent the then Revenue Secretary Adhia two gold biscuits weighing 40 grams. Then, another person wanted Hasmukh Adhia to remain connected with the common man, so he was also sent a brand new iPhone 7. Again, the sender did not reveal his/her identity.
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The Union Secretary could not refuse these gifts as he was not at home every time the gifts were delivered.
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Hasmukh Adhia was Union Revenue Secretary when the gifts were sent to him, and was one of the very, very few people who knew what Prime Minister Narendra Modi was going to tell the nation on the night of November 8, 2016 – Demonetisation – a decision that sent people sprinting to the ATM machines and brought economic activity to a grinding halt.

The very honest Hasmukh Adhia did not try to find out the identity of the kind souls out to help him, submitted the gifts to the government's toshakhana, and never even asked for a probe.

In fact, for a full two years, he did not even make the fact public, and commented only when the news portal thewire.in reported the mystery gifts.

While any aam aadmi would consider it ill-mannered not to even find the identity of the person sending you such pricey, precious gifts, even if you have no intention to accept them, Adhia made no such effort. His mystery well-wisher sent all these small gifts to the bureaucrats New Moti Bagh residence. 

Unlike the judge of a high court who did not lose even a minute in calling the police when someone tried to deliver cash at her Chandigarh residence, Adhia did not go to the police, did not ask for a probe and did not request the CBI to probe.

He remained so untouched by this warm gesture of unknown friends that he deposited these small gifts with the government. 
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Unlike the judge of a high court who did not lose even a minute in calling the police when someone tried to deliver cash at her Chandigarh residence, Adhia did not go to the police, did not ask for a probe and did not request the CBI to probe.
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The Wire's reportage had pointed out still more disturbing details. The Ministry of External Affairs, which maintains the toshakhana where such gifts are deposited, did not reflect a record of Adhia depositing these gifts, though he claimed to possess a receipt for the same.

Now, Piyush Goyal has claimed that the Toshakhana records showed Adhia having deposited an i-phone 7 phone, two gold biscuits of 20 gms each, one silver coin of 50 gms of total worth of Rs 1,74,100 on November 8, 2016.

Goyal understands why the revenue secretary could not say no to these gifts. He was not home when kind people came delivering these, Piyush Goyal said. And since the "officer had not accepted the gift as per Conduct Rules and surrendered the same to the Toshakhana,” there’s no need of an inquiry, said the minister.
 

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