Panjim (Goa) [India]Jun 11 (ANI): Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman inaugurated the National Customs and GST Museum “Dharohar” in Goa on Saturday as part of the iconic Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav Week of the Ministry of Finance , celebrated from June 6 to 12 .
According to the Ministry of Finance, the inauguration ceremony was held in a unique way, with the Minister of Finance removing the golden sand from a single piece of rock art installed in the century-old heritage building in which the museum is located. .
The two-storey ‘Blue Building’, which was formerly known as Alfandega, during the period of Portuguese rule in Goa, has stood on the banks of the Mandovi River in Panaji for over 400 years.
Pankaj Chaudhary, MoS Finance and Mauvin Godinho, Minister of Transport, Tourism and Panchayat, Government of Goa were present at the inauguration ceremony.
Dharohar is a one-of-a-kind museum in the country that not only showcases the items seized by Indian Customs but also depicts various aspects of the work done by the Customs Department while safeguarding the country’s economic borders, heritage, flora and its wildlife and society.
“Dharohar has 8 galleries, namely: Introductory Gallery, History of Taxation Gallery, Guardians of Our Economic Frontiers Gallery, Guardians of Our Art and Heritage, Guardians of Flora and Fauna, Guardians of our social welfare, Indirect Tax Travel -Salt Tax to GST and GST Gallery,” the ministry said.
He further informed that the tour de force of Dharohar museum is a unique gallery “Battle of Wits” which showcases the brain battle between smugglers and customs officers. It contains chronic seizures of ancient coins, statues, endangered wild animals, weapons and narcotics.
The Museum offers the rare opportunity to gain insight into the workings of the Department over the years, ushering in a change in its methodologies to meet the challenges that arise while providing exceptional service to the Nation.
Its exhibits include the Ain-i-Akbari manuscript intercepted by Indian customs at the Indo-Nepal border at Raxaul, a replica of the Amin pillars of Kaurkshetra, astronomical instruments from the medieval period, metal and seized stone, ivory objects and wildlife. elements.
GST Gallery is a brand new addition to the Dharohar Museum. A one-of-a-kind initiative in the country, this GST Gallery takes us through the long and arduous journey to GST that spans two decades. Beginning with the Atal Behari Vajpayee government which initiated discussions on the GST in 2000, the Gallery chronicles the various stages and processes that paved the way for the introduction of reformed unified indirect taxation in the form of the GST on July 1, 2017.
An electronic museum catalog contains high-resolution images of the various exhibits in the museum along with relevant information. This electronic catalog is downloadable using the QR code which would serve as a ready counter not only for visitors but also for scholars of archeology and ancient history.
‘Dharohar’ is an important addition to India’s tourist map and a must-see attraction in Goa. (ANI)
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