For 50 years, vault in Bijnor has been holding ‘Indira’s silver’ | India News

BIJNOR: More than half a century has passed silver weighing 73kg, worth about Rs 510,000 at current prices, for the former prime minister Indira Gandhi was in the vault of the Bijnor treasury in UP. A senior government official told TOI on Tuesday that all efforts by the local government to clean it up have proved futile.
Sharing about the incident at that time, district treasury officers, Suraj KumarIn 1972, then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi visited the Kalagarh Dam under construction, now located on UP-Uttarakhand border. When she arrived, local residents weighed her with silver, and several other items made of precious metal were presented to her. She did not bring it, but asked the district official at that time to hold it for her.”
“Since then, it’s been in the treasury and there’s no clear direction what to do with it,” Kumar said.
In 2002, the district government wrote to the Reserve Bank of India to request it but the central bank refused to own it on the grounds that it was “private property”. A museum also turned down the offer for the same reason.
The county government indicated that in the event the Gandhi family requested them, valuables could be delivered to them after following all legal formalities. A local official added: “The heavy box kept in the vault is inspected regularly during the annual inspection but has never been opened as it is sealed. If the things kept here are requested by their owners, they can be delivered to them.”
Dharamveer Singh, 70 years old, a veteran Congressman who witnessed the event, recalls: “I have vivid memories of that event when a huge weight was arranged and Indiraji stood at one end while silver bricks were placed at the other end. the other end. She weighs 64kg but the ecstatic locals don’t stop there and continue to give her other silver items.”
The Kalagarh Dam is an embankment dam built on the Ramganga River. It is located on the periphery of Jim Corbett National Park along the UP-Uttarakhand border. Uttarakhand Jal Vidyut Nigam Ltd manage this dam. Construction of the dam began in 1961 and was completed in 1974.


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