Public sector undertakings (PSUs) which are repeatedly making losses over a period of time will have to be closed down and the employees of such firms should be redeployed in other PSUs, said KPCC president Ramesh Chennithala.
Inaugurating a seminar on ‘Role of PSUs in the Development of the State’ here on Monday, he said the plight of many PSUs falling in dire straits was simply owing to the practice of seating inexperienced hands at the top of the organisation. He said the government would not be able to protect the PSUs all the time. ‘’Producing paper and bicycles should not be the job of government companies. At a certain point of time, such firms are essential,’’ he noted.
‘’The public sector should be strengthened and readied to take on the challenges of modern era,’’ Ramesh said.
The seminar was organised by the INTUC with the proclaimed objective of transforming trade unions into a professional mould and also as a prelude to the proposed demonstration here after 10 days to highlight various issues of concern of workers.
INTUC state president R Chandrasekharan presided over the seminar. Management expert G C Gopala Pillai delivered the keynote address. Ramesh said that a modern day customer was not concerned about whether an establishment was in the public or private sector, but keen only on the quality of the service it provided. ‘’Will anyone board an Air-India flight, which is noted for its poor servicing of a traveller. The rush will be there only in the Gulf sector, where the national airline has a monopoly to a great extent,’’ he said. At the outset, INTUC state chief Chandrasekharan said that there was nothing wrong in introducing the contributory pension scheme for State Government employees and mere slogans would not be an answer to reality. ‘’How the pension age issue is becoming an issue for Kerala alone in the country,’’ he said.
Gopala Pillai, who delivered the keynote address, was also of the view that a state like Kerala could not bear the cost of salaries and pension to this extent. ‘’When one works, he should be paid handsomely. Giving pension on the lines of the prevailing system would break the backbone of Kerala,’’ he said. Health Minister V S Sivakumar was the guest of honour. Planning Board member C P John, CITU state secretary N Padmalochanan and others spoke.