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The ₹109 crore renovation cost of Kolkata's Indian Museum is a scam.

There are no news reports and evidence of the alleged misappropriation of funds meant for renovating the Indian Museum in Kolkata.

There are no news reports and evidence of the alleged misappropriation of funds meant for renovating the Indian Museum in Kolkata. Some social media posts claimed that the ₹109 crore allocated to the renovation of the Indian Museum in West Bengal was a scam. One such tweet spoke of it, citing a post made by Sunday Times, a Kolkata blog. The tweet stated that governer Jagdeep Dhankar was accused of embezzling ₹109 crores from Kolkata's Indian Museum budget.

The 2020-21 Budget stated that the central government allocated ₹3,150 crores to the Department of Culture and ₹2,500 crores to the Department of Tourism. Hindustan Times reported in February 2020 that ₹109 crores were earmarked for new museums and an additional ₹180 crores to develop existing ones. According to the report, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said, "Five archaeological sites with on-site museums would be developed in Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Assam, Gujarat, and Tamil Nadu."

The most recent official report about the Indian Museum in Kolkata was published by the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) on September 23, 2020. It detailed a similar hundred-crore figure spent on modernization work and the damage of priceless artifacts at the museum due to proper conservation processes not being followed.

So far, only non-credible sources have referred to the alleged scam. No government body, politician, or established media sources have mentioned or written about it in 2021. There is also no official case filed for any such investigation on misappropriation of funds. No reliable evidence suggests that this alleged scam occurred.

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