No holiday for PMO

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Does the Prime Min­is­ter’s Of­fice (PMO) work on Sundays? Yes! That era has gone when the PMO used to shut on Satur­days and Sundays. Now it’s open 365 days. Even on Di­wali or Holi, the PMO works. Sharp 10 a.m of­fice is open. Sun­day has a few is­sues as the of­fice is cleaned by PWD staff so vis­i­tors may see some dried leaves and wa­ter in the cor­ri­dors. It’s lit­tle dif­fi­cult to reach the PMO if there is a holiday as the North-South Block en­trance is bar­ri­caded and there is an­other check point just be­fore the PMO. But if one has an ap­point­ment, it is com­pletely has­sle-free. The se­cu­rity staff and other mem­bers are very cour­te­ous. Every visi­tor is first es­corted to the wait­ing room, then of­fi­cer is in­formed and at an ap­pointed time, the visi­tor is called with an es­cort. Loi­ter­ing is not al­lowed in the PMO. The wait­ing room too is in­ter­est­ing and gives you an idea of life. The painted roof de­picts the four stages of ‘Gri­hastha’: The first “brah­macharya” or the stu­dent stage; the sec­ond “gri­hastha” or the house­holder stage; the third “vanaprastha” or the her­mit stage; and the fourth “sanyasa” or the as­cetic stage. Just when you are en­grossed in the paint­ings, an as­sis­tant in­vites you to come for the meet­ing with the of­fi­cial. There is an eerie si­lence in the cor­ri­dors. Shushh… The PMO is work­ing!

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