Rec­og­niz­ing the dig­nity of labour

Bhutan Times - - Front Page - Sonam Pen­jor

As an on-go­ing ini­tia­tive of the Min­istry of Labour and Hu­man Re­sources (MoLHR) to pro­mote the image of con­struc­tion work­ers and the im­por­tance of skills on self suf­fi­ciency in build­ing our own homes and in­fra­struc­ture, the Min­is­ter for La­bor and Hu­man Re­sources, Ly­onpo Ngeema San­gay Tshempo joined these hard work­ing Bhutanese youth and get the real life ex­pe­ri­ence in these con­struc­tion site yes­ter­day at the on-go­ing con­struc­tion project of the up­com­ing Le Merid­ian ho­tel in Thim­phu.

The on-go­ing con­struc- tion project of the up­com­ing Le Meri­dien ho­tel in Thim­phu is in the process of its com­ple­tion works. Ma­jor fin­ish­ing works of the build­ings are un­der­way and this work has been con­tracted to an FDI com­pany ADrukka, a sub­sidiary of AA Cor­po­ra­tion one of the ‘lead­ing in­te­rior fit out com­pany in Asia with es­tab­lished rep­u­ta­tion for con­sis­tent de­liv­ery of cut­ting edge in­te­rior ser­vice within the hos­pi­tal­ity mar­ket.

Min­is­ter for La­bor and Hu­man Re­sources, Ly­onpo Ny­eema San­gay Tshempo who had vis­ited to con-

struc­tion site yes­ter­day said, while do­ing any kind of work you should not feel shy, whether you work as a sweeper or some­thing. It is a dig­nity of labour and those who had skills we called they are pro­fes­sional.

Whether they are ed­u­cated or un­e­d­u­cated, they will re­ceive cer­tifi­cates from the MoLHR. Ly­onpo said we will con­duct a small test for you and based on your per­for­mance you all will be re­ceiv­ing cer­tifi­cates. While, Ly­onpo also was im­press by the work which was done by the Bhutanese youth.

The Min­istry of Labour and Hu­man Re­sources hav­ing the man­date to train and skill youth in the con­struc­tion sec­tor is fas­ci­nated to learn that this con­struc­tion site has en­gaged huge num­ber of Bhutanese youth ( both trained and un­trained), most im­por­tantly learn­ing im­por­tant con­struc­tion skills ‘on-the-job’. The oth­er­wise unattrac­tive and dirty oc­cu­pa­tion has man­aged to at­tract and re­tain Bhutanese youth in the con­struc­tion site, and have even man­aged to train them in per­form­ing high qual­ity work, dis­pelling the most pop­u­lar per­cep­tion that our youth lack right at­ti­tude and work­man­ship.

In the con­struc­tion project , it has em­ployed Bhutanese youth with qual­i­fi­ca­tions rang­ing from class five to twelve grad­u­ates for about 125 (70 fe­male and 55 male) on both long term and short term ba­sis and even some of them were wait­ing to pur­sue univer­sity ed­u­ca­tion in the fu­ture. The project also em­ployed an ad­di­tional 60 Bhutanese youth for the reg­u­lar con­struc­tion works, apart from the in­te­rior fur­nish­ing project un­der taken by the ADrukA.

A class twelve grad­u­ate Karna Ba­hadur, 23 years old who works in the con­struc­tion sites said, although I don’t have any ideas about this con­struc- tion work but it is an op­por­tu­nity to learn new ideas and gained more ex­pe­ri­ence and more­over it also ex­plores my ideas.

Another class twelve grad­u­ate Mary Thingh, 19 years old who is also work­ing in the con­struc­tion said, it is a re­al­iza­tion of our life, be­ing as a stu­dent the work is very chal­leng­ing. There is vast dif­fer­ence be­tween the life of a stu­dents and the life as a worker. But it sat­is­fied me lot since no­body forced me to do these types of work.

Ly­onch­hen Tsh­er­ing Tob­gay af­ter for­mally tak­ing over as the Chair­man­ship of the 70th ses­sion of UN Eco­nomic and So­cial Com­mis­sion for Asia and the Pa­cific from H.E. Mr. Kay Rala Xanana Gus­mao, Prime Min­is­ter of Ti­mor-Leste and Chair of the 69th Ses­sion of the Com­mis­sion.

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