why we need more jio-styled cos, and psu need to cut costs

the world is becoming ultra-competitive, all thanks to greater than ever dissemination of information through electronic means. today, no company (except those with cutting-edge tech like google and microsoft) operating in a specific industry can expect to be the sole beneficiary of demand for a particular product/ service. margins are getting thinner and this is all a good sign, we will tell you why. for a country like ours, all problems lie in income disparity that has only exacerbated despite of political promises to curb it. with those who earn handsome money and are willing and actually spending large sums on imported goods like electronics and garments, our trade balance has suffered. this ‘handsome money’ that they make can be attributed to the irrationality of their employers. companies, both private and public, have not prudently considered changing market conditions and are thus unable to rein in rising operating expenses, especially those incurred on salaries. take airtel for example. post jio’s

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sbi, other psb have only abused their hegemonic position

the 2 percent wage hike proposed by indian banks’ association to psb employees is unacceptable to them, and they have their own set of reasons. just one question- are present pay structures of psb employees commensurate with their skills and duties they perform? when one compares the monthly pay of an sbi staffer with that of a private sector staffer with identical skillsets, say with an accountant at a private enterprise, the picture that bank staffers are already drawing exceedingly high salaries becomes clear. for decades, public sector banks misused and severely abused their dominant positions, which is owing to the general public viewing these banks as quasi-government, not just government-run banks. people feel safe when their savings lie with public sector banks and this compulsion of people to use the services of psb has been exploited to the core. sbi, for example, not only pays lucrative and unreasonable salaries to probationary officers and other staffers, but also takes care

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problem with government banks is that they are government banks

while everyone is counting the exact figure of non-performing assets, no one has taken time to see how messy, obsolete is the slip that is to be attached when depositing cash in a public sector bank. the modus operandi of government banks has led them to where they stand today; india’s so-called gem of banking sector, state bank of india, has posted a quarterly loss for the first time in 17 years. cut to solution. divestment is the only option to revive indian public sector banks, and yes this can come with challenges hence the need is to think of an appropriate method of divestment. when divestment is considered, we only think of making a public sector unit private by way of selling the stake of the government. this, however, can be a kneejerk decision. what is the alternative then? form a government trust and handover the stake currently held by government in public sector banks to this trust. yes,

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sbi vs. mcdonalds-reasons why sbi is failing

here, we shall discuss how the operations and human resource framework at sbi and other public sector banks of india contrasts with that of mcdonalds, a prominent restaurant chain. in the end, we shall be able to comprehend why sbi is struggling to maintain its profitable operations despite being a bank of almost every indian. let us start with the recruitment process at the two establishments. to be able to work with sbi, one needs to be a graduate and clear the competitive exam that the bank conducts to fill positions of clerks and probationary officers. for a mcdonalds job, one gets selected without any such exam, however, only those with good communication and other skills can expect to be hired. do sbi and other public sector banks actually need a competitive exam to fill vacancies. the answer is ‘no’. and this is backed by the rationale that a clerk or a probationary officer would not undertake any scientific explorations

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sbi’s merging with associates will only up the miseries

when do two forces combine? when one has something worthy to lend to the other party and when their working cohesively can bring economies of scale. in the merger of state bank of india with its associate banks, the concept of economies of scale has been grossly misconstrued. this merger is set to be one of the most ill-conceived ideas in the banking history of the country. in this world where financial experts and consultants come from top business schools, basics of any concept are customarily overlooked. the only intention of decision-makers seems to be their greed to let sbi enter the coveted list of banks in terms of assets. they may have achieved this goal, but if only value of assets determined viability of any enterprise, market forces would have compelled many competitors to join forces; this, however, isn’t prudent economics. what is the role of a bank? what is banking? in simple terms, borrowing from those who have

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upi- the sidelined digital banking service

sad that while paytm, freecharge and other e-wallets backed by private players saw unprecedented surge in number of users and transactions after the November 8 demonetisation announcement, npci-backed seemless platform, united payments interface, did no see any extraordinary activity. while paytm was able to foresee a digital transformation in the country, public sector banks failed to anticipate future course of events, the result is that sbi’s buddy and other psu banks’ e-wallets are lying in some corner accumulating dust. to inform you, upi is a one-stop solution for all money transfer needs, it is easy as it does not require punching in all bank details in every transaction, and it is fast. still, upi could not make it into smartphones of indians, paytm, on the other hand, could rope in outlets like mother dairy and even payments on facebook. was there a vested interest in not promoting e-wallets of psu banks, if not, why was sbi so late in introducing

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