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
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.