Doctors turned Bureaucrat at Islamabad are
prescribing Privatization pills to ailing public sector organizations
causing huge losses to the national exchequer.
Its very odd when the nation was looking forward to
see an expanded steel mill, the news making rounds is the doctor at
planning commission has given prescription for its privatization.
If we make SWOT analysis i.e strength, weakness,
opportunity and threat, we find weakness and threat as the outcome of
the game plan. Instead of total sell out it would have been far more
better to have some foreign steel firms joining hands.
The only party to blame for this fiasco is steel
mill itself. While the things were going good they should not have
waited so long for its expansion. Imagine its efficiency when it takes
almost one year to appoint consultant for its expansion programme
which could have been done in a week. In fact there was no need for a
consultant but just to play safe it took that route.
In successful steel plants, one needs to have
capable human resources, R&D but thanks to late Colonel who was
running the show as Chairman-cum-Romeo sent dedicated work force to
retirement, leaving left overs running the mill, this could have
prompted for sell out.
One of the curse hanging over the mill is the way
the management of Pakistan Steel (PS) have been destroying their
officers careers by very unjust promotion system. At PS the only
criteria for promotion is to score seventy percent marks in so-called
annual confidential reports (which are kept guarded secret) no matter
The leadership at Pak Steel which ruled for more
than 25 years comprising of Bureaucrats and top brass did nothing to
evolve a just system. What a shame.
The plant with active cooperation of Iranian and
Turkish steel plants can do wonders. It has got one of the best
rolling mills and Blast furnaces which the new master will turn into
China is expanding its steel industry at an
exponential rate going to about 550 million tonnes from its present
level of 365 million tonnes per annum. So is India but for us it's a
figure of one million tonne since past two decades.
The only courage the management of PS took was to
submit a proposal to move from 1.1 to 1.5 million tonnes (a drop in
the ocean) .
News about Saudi group setting steel plant of one
million tonne near Port Qasim was so prominently displayed but it
turned out to be hoax. The Saudi group is now setting that plant in
Abu Dhabi. The reason was the authorities concerned did not
facilitated Saudis in providing land and utilities. Even Pakistan
companies who were planning to set up small plants of half a million
capacity have disappeared. The status of our dear country would be
steel starved nation.
ISO QUALITY SYSTEM FAILING TO MAKE MARK
While there is news that more than thousand
organizations in the country have got ISO 9000 certifications not much
of improvement is being observed in total quality management. The
reason being that government organizations which were supposed to
provide accreditation to certification bodies are not doing their job
properly. For purpose of customer satisfaction, ISO certification is
passport of quality but somehow the certification agencies in the
country have lowered their standard so much that almost any
organization can get ISO certification by paying nearly Rs50,000. In
India, collaboration with British standard institution is providing
strong arm. We need to think in these lines without waiting but
somehow Ministry of Science & Technology is not responding. (Wake
up Most). The external auditors who perform audit have no management
background resulting in weak audit and the organizations can get away
without having system in place bad for export.
SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT
With the rise of automotive sector, SCM is going to
play a major role in providing right quality at right price and time.
The major drivers in this arena are production what, how and when to
produce, inventory how much to make and how much to store, location
where best to do what activity, transportation how and when to move
product and information the basis for making these decisions. Business
schools needs to run special courses in this regard with special
emphasis on demand forecasting and distortion swings (Bull whip
effect) which the automotive sector is plagued with. Supply Chain
Management with new product development is the war in business
DAWOOD COLLEGE NO MORE IN NEWS
College which stared on such a good note is any
thing except Engineering College. Deprived of its affiliation with NED
University and Pakistan Engineering Council the students are being
deprived of future job placement. While we have a strong Education
Minister but still his effort are wanting. While Metallurgical
Engineers are so much in demand, there is dearth of quality
engineering graduates in Sindh specially in this field. Its time for
NED to consider running such a programme.