At least it is good to start

Bhutan Times - - Editorial -

The present gov­ern­ment has made all pos­si­ble ef­forts to tackle with the un­em­ploy­ment is­sues in the coun­try so far. This is one of the man­i­festos which the present gov­ern­ment has been try­ing to al­lo­cate jobs to all un­em­ploy­ment youths.

Min­istry of Labour and Hu­man Re­sources un­der the Guar­an­teed Em­ploy­ment Pro­gram ( GEP ) is in full swing to over­come this part of prob­lem. GEP is the new scheme which has been im­ple­mented by the pre­sewnt gov­ern­ment.

The gov­ern­ment bears al­most 70% of the wages of the em­ploy­ees un­der the GEP and the em­ploy­ers bear about 30% of the to­tal wages for a pe­riod of two years from the date of ini­tial em­ploy­ment with a con­tract signed be­tween the MoLR and the em­ployer. Af­ter the com­ple­tion of two years the em­ploy­ers are bound to em­ploy the em­ploy­ees un­der the GEP com­pul­so­rily for a pe­riod of two years.

The un­em­ploy­ment is­sue is one of the great con­cerns world­wide. Though our coun­try is a small land locked coun­try with only 700,000 cit­i­zens still then there are no jobs. The gov­ern­ment has been try­ing to ex­plore all the pos­si­bil­i­ties to sent Bhutanese work­ers to Australia and Thai­land in the field of teach­ing.

The Min­istry of Labour has been try­ing their best to al­lo­cated job op­por­tu­ni­ties to all the youths equally but with the eco­nomic cri­sis and the slow growth in the pri­vate sec­tor the em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties has not been in­creas­ing.

The gov­ern­ment ex­pects broad­en­ing scope of em­ploy­ment for Bhutanese job­seek­ers in the ar­eas like tourism and hos­pi­tal­ity, non-nurs­ing health, teach­ing, IT, ac­count­ing, fi­nance, sales, care­giv­ing, and sec­re­tar­ial ser­vices.

The MoLHR has al­ready an­nounced that over­seas em­ploy­ment scheme has not been too suc­cess­ful dur­ing the midterm re­view as Bhutan has not been listed as source of mi­grants work­ers for the coun­tries which the Min­istry has iden­ti­fied for the job seeks to work. With the Min­istry iden­ti­fy­ing some coun­tries like Canada, Australia, South Korea, Sin­ga­pore, Ja­pan and New Zealand the prospects seems quite good.

How­ever it is time for the youth to do some­thing and to come out with new ideas, work harder and look for al­ter­na­tives pos­si­ble. The gov­ern­ment can­not do all things on its own and lit­tle ef­fort on our part will have a greater ef­fect on solv­ing the un­em­ploy­ment is­sues. It’s time to do some­thing to up­grade our skills and ca­pa­bil­ity to solve the un­em­ploy­ment is­sues.

With the gov­ern­ment em­pha­sis on the re­cruit­ment of Bhutanese work­ers in the con­struc­tion in­dus­try the start seems quite promis­ing but shall it be pos­si­ble,

The con­trac­tors seems to be al­ready fac­ing prob­lems like the wage rate, ad­vance pay­ment and num­bers of years re­quired for that par­tic­u­lar job with re­gard to ex­pe­ri­ence.

But it is al­ways good to start the job.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Bhutan

© PressReader. All rights reserved.