PUBLIC organisations that do not settle their accounts with other public bodies or private ones have been standing in the way of better functioning of the public sector as a whole. The defaulter public organisations sometimes face formidable difficulties in clearing or servicing their debts. But the difficulties in many cases are their own making ; these bodies cannot therefore, expect a sympathetic attitude towards their default status. Besides, there ought not to be sympathy or undue consideration shown to defaulters of any category for the simple reason of efficient functioning of the economy. Usually, defaulters in the private sector are scorned in the media and hard demands are made on them to make them repay their non performing loans. But the opposite is the case in respect of the public sector where many public sector organisations with even adequate resourceful conditions deliberately withhold payment of their dues to other public sector bodies pushing the latter into serious financial and consequently other problems.
There are public utility organisations like the Dhaka Electricity Supply Authority (DESA) and Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) that have huge claims against their public and private sector clients. The non-payment of their dues by these defaulting clients has been creating enormous troubles for these organisations in balancing their budgets or in taking up routine maintenance and development works. The utility bodies are seen somewhat proactive nowadays in collecting their dues from private clients. But there seems to be no such enthusiasm in doing the same in relation to their customers in the public sector.