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Posted at: Mar 21, 2017, 1:01 AM; last updated: Mar 21, 2017, 1:01 AM (IST)

Stakeholders express dismay over 16 PSE appointments

Decisiom taken for good governance: BJP

  • On March 10, the state government accorded approval to appointment of the vice-chairpersons of 16 PSEs. Of them, nine belonged to the PDP and seven to the BJP
  • The decision has not gone down well with officials of the PSEs and stakeholders. Opposition parties too have raised eyebrows
  • The ruling alliance partner, BJP, however, dismissed the opposition charge, saying that the decision was taken to deliver good governance

Arteev Sharma

Tribune News Service

Jammu, March 20

The recent decision of the state government to appoint its leaders as vice-chairpersons (VCs) of 16 Public Sector Enterprises (PSEs) in the cash-strapped state has not gone down well with officials of the PSEs and stakeholders who have expressed dismay over the move.

Opposition parties, too, have raised eyebrows and called the decision “a worst form of political corruption” in the state which is under a financial crunch.

“The government must disclose to the public the criteria followed for the appointment of the vice-chairpersons in various corporations. It was completely a political move, which, instead of streamlining the functioning of the bodies, will add chaos to them. The government should have taken into account whether the vice-chairpersons have expertise in their respective fields. Besides, there is no clarity on the powers being given to these political people. A clash of interest between the management and the political persons seems sure,” said a senior official of a PSE on condition of anonymity.

On March 10, the state government accorded approval to appointment of the vice-chairpersons of 16 PSEs. Of them, nine belonged to the PDP and seven to the BJP.

Nawang Rigzin Jora, Congress Legislature Party leader, has taken a strong exception to the “rehabilitation” of 16 political people in the PSEs. “The PDP-BJP government’s recent appointment of 16 politicians as the chairmen and vice-chairmen of various corporations is the worst form of political corruption. Especially so, when these corporations have been running in losses and are dependent on the government for grants to pay the salaries of their employees,” he further said.

Jora added, “Rather than making efforts to ensure that these corporation become profit centres, which is what they should be, the coalition government has added to their woes and miseries by loading on them a bunch of unproductive politicians.”

The ruling alliance partner, BJP, however, dismissed the opposition charge, saying that the decision was taken to deliver good governance.

“The PDP-BJP government has been making efforts for good governance. The decentralisation of powers to ensure effective and efficient functioning is part of good governance. One minister was heading several corporations and it was not possible for him to manage the affairs of these organisations effectively. We have decentralised the powers through appointment of vice-chairpersons to make the institutions profitable and financially viable as these were running in losses,” state BJP chief Sat Sharma.

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