Singha wrote:Achtung bitte
I was at a party today where a young french lady had come with her friend. after the usual introductions, I used the opportunity to ask a question bugging me for so long - "how is that sarkari french orgs like airbus , dassault, snecma , mbda et al have been delivering world class products for decades" ? while we struggle here to run sarkari strategic orgs effectively
she said the francisi sarkar has financial stakes in these cos due to strategic nature of the tech, and funds them as needed BUT they are essentially run as private sector orgs with no sarkari interference/rules/payscales/unionbazi etc. so just like any good private org, they are no different from the flexibility that boeing or lockheed gets.
she knew about ISRO and came back at me saying isro may be sarkari but its respected worldwide as a org and shows that non-interference and good leadership can make things happen.
so that conversation solved one little mystery for me.
I have been advocating precisely this thing for Indian PSUs (HAL for example) - Full autonomy in administrative and economic decisions and freedom from shackles of babudom/matridom. IMO it is absolutely un-necessary to sell a PSU to make it work. And as correctly pointed out ISRO is already an example that we have which proves that minimum interference from babudom and autonomy can work wonders. It doesn't really matter whether GOI owns a company or not. If they allow the company to work independently just like any pvt company, there is no reason why it cannot succeed.
Given the crony capitalist nature of existing pvt companies, I would like to have at least one GOI owned alternative in every key sectors which competes with pvt companies like a pvt company, but focuses more on maintaining quality rather than just sucking out blood from customers. So that citizens are not left to the mercy of capitalists for key facilities/services. At the same time autonomy would ensure we don't also become an communist system either which is even worse than crony capitalism. I always felt India needs something in between and I feel GOI owned fully autonomous organisations are the way to go. Neither be they given more privileges than other private entities such as bailing out for gross inefficiency or failures, nor be bogged downed by unnecessary baggage that comes with being a government entity such as job security, caste based reservation, unions, dictated pay structure or having to deal with wishes and whims of babudom/mantridom.