21 Jul 2013

Private-Public Shift, is it Worthwhile?

Pawanexh Kohli
Eminent people from pvt sector in govt positions
Business Standard - 16 July 2013
Can the government retain domain expertise they tap onto... should they?

Occasionally, some say more frequently of late, the Indian government asks experienced minds from the private sector to take on a role with them, to help devise, advise or in some case execute some policy decisions. I am not talking of tendered projects but about individual persons, whom the government assigns certain tasks to.

I was recently touted as one of these so called experts functioning alongside senior bureaucrats, lucky to get featured with some far bigger names. In fact it was with great trepidation that I took on a leadership role as Chief Advisor on matters "cold-chain" and to help incubate the National Centre for Cold-chain Development (NCCD)... my attempt to add value as-and-where capable.

Anyone in any supply chain or logistics trade will tell you that there are no experts and that learning on their fronts is evergreen and each instance co-exists with a series of activities - a life long firefight. The grass root, hands-on experience, if applied defensively, will only lend to pat-on-call excuses, ready-reckoners of sorts, to explain failure.