New Delhi: There is a lot of activity at the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) and at 7, RCR these days, albeit of a different kind. "We're busy in packing," said an official at the PMO, with eight days left for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to demit office.
Books, gifts and other articles are being carefully sorted, catalogued and packed away. "When the prime minister demits office he wants to leave everything in proper order for his successor," a PMO official said.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had announced his retirement earlier this year. At 7 Race Course Road, which has been the official residence of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for a decade, the family members are busy in packing articles to be moved to his new retirement residence at 3 Motilal Nehru Marg, where former Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit used to stay.
All gift items received by the prime minister or members of the PMO, like wall hangings, paintings, vases, and other artifacts and a large number of books are being systematically catalogued and put away. The gifts the prime minister received, including many from foreign dignitaries, are to be catalogued and kept at the 'toshakhana', or treasury.
The list would be available on the Ministry of External Affairs website. Among the articles that the Prime Minister received is a bat gifted by British Prime Minister David Cameron. While handing the bat to Manmohan Singh, Cameron said it was a memento of their friendship.