New Delhi: Efforts of the Central government to improve the conditions of public sector units in states have received a jolt as the state governments failed to evolve consensus on the issue.

According to reports, the Centre is willing to shape up the state-run PSUs on the pattern of the Centre-owned PSUs, but the states have not been able to arrive on a common platform.

In a two-day meeting of the Standing Committee of Secretaries on the state-run PSUs here, the representatives of states presented different models on the structure of their PSUs. Some of the states proposed for keeping the PSUs under different departments of the state government.

While the Centre wants to include state PSUs under the Company Act, similar to the Central units, so that these companies can be run in a professional manner, state governments are unwilling to accept the Centre’s proposal, as they think the Central government wants to impose the norms of Central units on the former, sources said.

State governments contend that since PSUs work under different conditions in each state, therefore, their nature cannot be the same. Though, they agreed that special steps have to taken to improve the conditions of the state-run PSUs.

In the two-day meeting, the representatives of fifteen states participated where it was decided that the Centre’s department of PSUs would consider the proposals and would send its recommendations to the states.

JPN/Bureau