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Farewell mood visible inside PMO and various ministries of UPA Govt
As the countdown has started for the formation of the new government and probably for the end of UPA government's regime, there are lots of activities taking place at the Prime Minister's Office (PMO), his official residence, 7 Race Course Road, and in the various ministries.
According to a TOI report, officials at the PMO's office are busy in packing the books, gift and other articles. They are being carefully sorted, cataloged and then packed. There is a practice that the outgoing PM leaves the office in proper order for his successor. After retirement Manmohan Singh will be shifting to 3 Motilal Nehru Marg, New Delhi as he had already expressed his desire of retirement, probably from the active politics also.

The reports say that the various gifts received by the Prime Minister and the other members of the PMO from foreign dignitaries, are to be cataloged and kept at the 'toshakhana', or treasury. The list of such items is displayed on the website of the foreign ministry.

Various key ministers of the UPA are also looking in the mood to say final good bye to the senior officers of their respective ministries. Commerce and Industry's minister Anand Sharma has already invited senior officers of his ministry for the final lunch with him. Similarly, the finance minister P. Chidambaram is also scheduled to meet regulators, banking chiefs and top North Block officials, where he will be probably biding adieu after spending many years with them.

With the PM and the ministers in farewell mood, top bureaucrats have also started looking for foreign postings for themselves. PM's private secretary Indu Shekhar Chaturvedi, has got posting to Washington as a senior advisor in the International Monetary Fund. In a similar way additional secretary in the PMO Anjali Prasad, who was responsible for FDI policy will be now India's ambassador to WTO in Geneva.


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