Being a public sector employee : enough to feel proud
|June 19, 2012||Posted by Britul under Constructive|
I work for a public sector company. I joined service life after graduating from a state engineering college in 2007. Most often I wonder about what contribution I have made to the society as an educated citizen. I don’t find anything significant to say in response to this question. I thought most of the working class educated people thinks in the same way as I do. But, I was wrong.
Few days back I had a discussion with one of my colleague on this topic and I was shaken by his notion on it. He convinced me about how much we are contributing to the nation just by working in a public sector organization. Although it is never “too much” in serving our nation, still he is an eye opener to me and key in making me feel proud of my work.
I would like to share what my colleague made me believe.
Public sector organizations are shortly known as PSU which means Public Sector Undertaking. The government companies are known as PSUs if 51% of the paid up share capital is owned by government directly or indirectly. This share may be owned by central government or state government or partly by state and partly by central government.
1) The concept of public sector companies evolved during the period from 1948 – 1956. In Industrial Policy Resolution, 1948 it was envisaged that, Government itself needs to develop industries and take the ownership in order to foster industrial and socio economic growth in India. This concept led to birth of PSUs at a later stage. So, the main operating philosophy of PSUs is not to make profit. It is to enhance the industrial and socio economic development of the nation. Since share capital is owned by government, PSU payout dividend and increases leverage to government and it enhances the government exchequer. So, ultimately we are running the business which is being run with publics’ money.
2) Some people may say we are doing our job because of the handsome salary. Okay, that’s true, but who doesn’t? Imagine a person working in a private organization and a person working in a public sector organization. We are serving the nation and at the same time it is our livelihood. But unlike us, the person working in
private organization isn’t serving the nation through his livelihood.
3) Again, some people may say that if working in the public sector is a dual work i.e. working for money and serving the nation, then what about the Govt. employees ? Aren’t they serving the nation more than you do? Yes that’s true. But at the same time look at the work culture of Government departments. And also the level of corruption. To move a file from one table to the nearest table it takes months. And that too after bribing. At least that isn’t called service to the nation. The work culture of PSUs resembles to the work culture of the private firms and earned revenue adds to public’s fund. Can there be anything better than this? Of course some govt. departments will also be having good culture and not all govt. officials are corrupt. We admire the service and dedication of those Govt. officials.
4) Now you can put a question. Why it is assumed here that corruption level in public sector is very low. It is because, PSUs are partly government owned. So, government always keeps tight vigil on the activities of the PSUs. Any damn suspicious activity of the PSUs is thoroughly scanned by central vigilance commission. CBI enquiries are triggered in any slightest suspicious deviation from laid down procedures. Also, audits of the PSUs are carried out by Comptroller and Auditor General of India(CAG).
So, this is all. These are the logics presented by my colleague to me while in office during lunch time and I was just listening to him openmouthed. Later, I tried to prove him wrong, and I failed. Truly speaking, I liked being unsuccessful.
Now, my outlook towards my work has totally changed. I feel good working and don’t need to work mechanically.
It makes me feel that I am a very important entity of my nation. I feel proud !!