Public Sector Undertakings!
A Public Sector Undertaking wanted to buy an air-conditioner.
These days people decide and buy an air-conditioner even before you finish saying Jack Robinson.
But this company took three to four months and still they had not decided.
They wanted a 1.5 ton Voltas Vertis Plus 2 star window air-conditioner.
Fair enough. The above specs. are enough to supply what they have in mind. But by the time they floated a tender, got the quote and finalised the order, the model Vertis Plus was out of stock.
We told them, please amend your spec to Vertis Elite which also is a 2 star Voltas 1.5 ton window air-conditioner and the minor difference between the two is mostly in external appearance.
They wanted a letter from manufacturer explaining the difference between the two. They got the letter.
Still they said we have to submit the papers to our purchasing committee and so on.
It would not have taken more than two minutes for the Materials Manager to decide and place an order....But oh! These public sector undertakings.....
They wanted to stick to their specifications - but they actually got stuck!
Because, " A committee is a group of persons who individually can do nothing, but as a group decide that nothing can be done".