Recognizing the dignity of labour
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.
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