CPSEs should Fol­low Trans­par­ent Pro­mo­tion Pol­icy: DPE Sec­re­tary

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New Delhi: The coun­try’s cen­tral pub­lic sec­tor en­ter­prises need to align their hu­man re­source poli­cies with new chal­lenges and fol­low a trans­par­ent, fair and ob­jec­tive sys­tem of pro­mo­tions, a top of­fi­cial said on Mon­day. Terming the sta­tus of hu­man re­sources in state-owned en­ter­prises as “dis­turb­ing”, the Sec­re­tary in the De­part­ment of Pub­lic En­ter­prises Seema Bahuguna said: “The CPSEs are fol­low­ing a cul­ture of sta­tus quo, they are not proac­tive, they are re­ac­tive.

“They are also more in­ter­ested in teas­ing unions in­stead of re­ally do­ing fun­da­men­tal re­struc­tur­ing of their re­la­tion­ships. I find that some CPSEs are still re­main­ing in si­los re­gard­ing their turfs,” she said.

Bahuguna pointed out that even in some of the Navratna and Ma­haratna PSEs, the HR poli­cies have re­mained more or less stag­nant, adding that the world is chang­ing but some­how our CPSEs have not re­ally come up to the mark. “Our CPSEs have to align them­selves with new chal­lenges. They need to fo­cus on de­vel­op­ing younger tal­ent, they should have a trans­par­ent mech­a­nism of com­mu­ni­ca­tion with em­ploy­ees, they should be able to man­age di­ver­sity and in­no­va­tion, there should be fair­ness in the pol­icy of pro­mo­tion.

“This is some­thing that as sec­re­tary to Gov­ern­ment of In­dia, I would be very keen to em­pha­sise. They should have a trans­par­ent, fair and ob­jec­tive sys­tem of pro­mo­tions. They should pro­mote ad­min­is­tra­tive ex­cel­lence,” Bahuguna said at the In­ter­na­tional HR Sum­mit or­gan­ised by SCOPE here.

Chief vig­ilance com­mis­sioner KV Chowdary said the or­gan­i­sa­tions need to trans­mit their cul­ture and eth­i­cal val­ues to its em­ploy­ees, stake­hold­ers and Board of Di­rec­tors, ob­serv­ing, “if that is not so what can hap­pen is an­other Satyam or an En­ron”.

“A lot of peo­ple think that the higher you go you don’t need train­ing. You look at the case of some of our pub­lic sec­tor banks which have very re­spect­ful and highly dec­o­rated di­rec­tors. But how is it that a large num­ber of the loan pro­pos­als vet­ted by th­ese banks went bad,” Chowdary said.

“Fall­ing fe­male labour par­tic­i­pa­tion rates in In­dia are puz­zling. A pol­icy frame­work en­cour­ag­ing and en­abling women’s par­tic­i­pa­tion should be con­structed of the gen­der spe­cific con­straints,” said Mukesh Gupta, chief tech­ni­cal ad­viser, In­ter­na­tional Labour Or­gan­i­sa­tion.

He noted that In­dia has the op­por­tu­nity to re­alise a huge de­mo­graphic div­i­dend but with a skills level of around 8% com­pared to 96% in South Korea, the coun­try is strug­gling with the avail­abil­ity of skilled labour.

“This is a sur­mount­ing chal­lenge since more than 75% of the new job op­por­tu­ni­ties are ex­pected to be skill-based. In or­der to make In­dia the skill cap­i­tal of the world, train­ing pro­grammes should be on the lines of global stan­dards,” Gupta said. Be­sides, SCOPE chair­man Ved Prakash said the pub­lic sec­tor en­ter­prises will need to have a more hands-on ap­proach to­wards man­ag­ing the re­sources of their com­pany.

Even in some of Navratna, Ma­haratna PSEs, HR poli­cies have re­mained stag­nant, says Seema Bahuguna

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