New Delhi: The Public Sector Units which have done wonders after they were given financial autonomy after being classified into different categories - Mini Ratna, Navratna and Maharatna, have now decided to push for administrative autonomy as well. The public sector companies have decided to take up the issue with the government soon.

The demand comes in wake of the bureaucratic procedure that mars the smooth functioning of these public sector behemoths, especially in appointment of senior level officials.

The companies contend that the posts in the rank of Deputy GM and above remain vacant for long time because of the appointment rules, which involves final clearance from the government.

For filling the vacant positions, the PSUs still have to rely on their respective ministries and follow the bureaucratic procedure which kills time.

Similarly the top management of the companies, which includes Directors and CMDs, has to take approval from the government before flying for business trips abroad.  
An official associated with the top management of a major Maharatna company said on conditions of anonymity that at times the approval comes after the time period of foreign trip is over. 

Such issues will be voiced by the apex body of the public sector units - SCOPE (Standing Conference of Public Enterprises). Dr. UD Choubey, Director General of SCOPE, said they are in talks with the government on several issues including administrative autonomy.

SCOPE has already raised some issues before Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises Minister, Praful Patel. Although the government has taken the decision on few issues, but key matters are still pending. The body would soon begin talks with the government on the pending issues which are denting the performance of PSUs.

It is noteworthy that in order to compete well in the global market, the government had granted more autonomy to PSUs and equipped them with more financial rights.

In line with this, the PSUs were divided into three categories and were given Mini Ratna, Navratna and Maharatna status, which gave them rights to make investment up to Rs 300 crore, 1,000 crore and Rs 5,000 crore, respectively, without requiring permission from the government. 

JPN/Bureau