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Wednesday, Oct 20, 2021
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Forgotten Appointments

If the Government is so concerned about the public sector, why is it sitting on top appointments?

Forgotten Appointments
Forgotten Appointments
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Do they really want to do something or is it just so much hot air? The members of the United Front Government—and especially its Left partners—have excelled at making inspiring speeches about the need to revamp and professionalise the country's mammoth public sector. But when it comes to action, it's a different story altogether.

Nothing can be more indicative of the paralysis afflicting the Government's public sector policy than the fact that currently the country has 22 public sector enterprises (PSEs) which do not have a full-time chairman. There are 41 which have one or more directors less than the full strength of their boards. The Steel Authority of India Ltd (SAIL), one of India's largest PSEs, has remained headless for almost a month now after the last chairman, M.R.R. Nair's term expired. So too the high-profile Air-India and Indian Airlines: it's now almost a month since Russi Mody resigned his chairmanships.

Are these empty slots at the top due to a lack of suitable candidates? Hardly. There is a full-fledged Government entity, the Public Enterprise...

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