The Manmohan Singh government seems headed for a major makeover,
could also include a bureaucratic shake-up in the Prime Minister's
The changes in the PMO could happen before the year-end as many
senior officers are on deputation and are close to finishing the
seven-year-tenure ceiling set by the prime minister.
The changes in the PMO, along with a substantial cabinet reshuffle
that is expected this month, is set to give the government a new
With many senior party leaders complaining of the communication
gap between the government and the party, Pulok Chatterjee, a
confidante of Congress president Sonia Gandhi who also served as
her personal secretary when she was leader of the opposition, may
come back to the PMO as secretary.
A 1974 batch IAS officer, Chatterjee's term as an executive
director with the World Bank will end in February 2012. However,
he may join the PMO earlier than that, well-placed sources said.
He is in the city in connection with his daughter's marriage and,
according to sources, met Prime Minister's Principal Secretary
T.K.A Nair, triggering speculation about his return to the PMO.
Chatterjee served as secretary in the PMO before he headed to
Washington for the World Bank job in 2008. His name was also being
mentioned for the post of cabinet secretary, but the government
finally decided to appoint Ajit K. Seth to the top bureaucratic
The changes in the PMO could include a secretary, an additional
secretary, three joint secretaries and four director-level
officials making way for new entrants.