Min­istry of Labour and Hu­man Re­sources shares the an­nual per­for­mance agree­ment re­view

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The of­fi­cials from the Min­istry of Labour and Hu­man Re­sources (MOLHR) hared the an­nual per­for­mance agree­ment re­view day last Fri­day.

Labour Sec­re­tary, Pema Wangda said, “the num­ber of suc­cess achieved in­di­ca­tor is zero be­cause our main tar­gets are re­cruit­ing youth un­em­ploy­ment and we fo­cus on na­tional un­em­ploy­ment rate. Nor­mally we con­duct an­nual labour force sur­vey on March and April and the re­sults are ready for the PM,” he said.

He said that for first time ever they used com­puter car­rier per­sonal in­for­ma­tion in­ter­view sys­tem for sur­vey from which they would come to know the ma­jor in­di­ca­tors of the youth un­em­ploy­ment rate in our coun­try.

The Sec­re­tary shared, the main ob­jec­tives of an­nual per­for­mance agree­ment are to achieve full em­ploy­ment and suc­ceed over the given 11th Five Year Plan. The youth un­em­ploy­ment weigh­tage is 5 and the tar­get is 5%. He said they have a record of mul­ti­ple job­seek­ers reg­is­tered through job por­tal and on­line reg­is­tra­tion as of June 2014 which was 8,385 num­bers. They have Job seek­ers reg­is­tered since July-De­cem­ber 2014 was 4,286 num­bers.

Since the start of the 11th FYP, the min­istry have recorded 12,671 job­seek­ers in and around our coun­try and the to­tal of 3290 job­seek­ers has been placed ac­cord­ingly, he said.

He said, the next ob­jec­tives are of im­prov­ing work­ing en­vi­ron­ment in the pri­vate sec­tors, the pri­vate sec­tor em­ploy­ment is 25 % and the en­ter­prises with so­cial pro­tec­tion scheme is 10 % and they have achieved al­most 10 % and presently are en­forc­ing so­cial pro­tec­tion scheme in the pri­vate sec­tors through the in­ter­nal ser­vice rule un­der the la­bor law of en­ter­prises that has more than five em­ploy­ees are re­quired to drop their own in­ter­nal ser­vice rule.188 In­ter­nal Ser­vice Rules has been en­dorsed till date, he added.

The Sec­re­tary also men­tioned that the Job seek­ing grad­u­ates em­ployed within 6 months of grad­u­a­tion WT is 5 and the tar­get is 60 %. Chronic un­em­ploy­ment weight age is 5 and the tar­get is 30%. While regular paid em­ploy­ees WT is 3 and the tar­get is 30%.

The re­sult for Di­rect Em­ploy­ment Scheme equals 986 (M-478, F-508). Over­seas Em­ploy­ment Scheme equals 176. Em­ploy­ment Skills Scheme equals 240 (M-69 F-171). Em­ployed through pro­grams other than GEP is 1,888 num­bers, the youth en­gaged in var­i­ous pro­grams equals to 1,968 num­bers and the bal­ance un­em­ployed reg­is­tered with MoLHR equals to 7,413. (2.14% of the to­tal la­bor force of 3,45,786), there­fore, the Na­tional Un­em­ploy­ment rate based on the job­seek­ers reg­is­tered is 2.14 per­cent so far.

The Sec­re­tary fur­ther added that the other ob­jec­tive are to im­prove qual­ity and rel­e­vance of TVET , the suc­cess in­di­ca­tor is that TVET grad­u­ates em­ployed within 4 months where their tar­get was 70 per­cent and have achieved at least 56 per­cent (To­tal 893 em­ployed out of 1,587 grad­u­ates).

The next one is TTI/ IZC grad­u­ates cer­ti­fied through BVQF and the per­cent­age tar­get was 40% from which they have achieved only 18 per­cent (As­sessed 127 grad­u­ates). The con­ducted as­sess­ment for: Elec­tri­cian NC2 was 76, Au­to­mo­bile Me­chanic NC2 was 32 and Heavy Ve­hi­cle Driv­ing NC3 was 19, he stated.

How­ever, em­ploy­ers sat­is­fied with the com­pe­tence of TTI/IZC grad­u­ates and the Study will be con­ducted by the end of 11th FYP.

One of the ob­jec­tive to im­ple­ment Na­tional in­tegrity and Anti-cor­rup­tion Strat­egy (NI­ACS) the amount of ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties ob­served by Royal Au­dit Author­ity ( RAA) in An­nual Au­dit Re­port had given the weighed three and they have ob­served the re­port of amount­ing Nu. 5.043 mil­lion as per the RAA re­port 2013. He fur­ther said that the com­plaints to Anti – Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion against MoLHR, they had re­ceived two com­plaints and the one was sub­mit­ted to ACC and other one is in un­der process.

They have a tar­get of cre­at­ing 82,000 em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties in the up­com­ing of 11th FYP. There are seven sec­tors such as agri­cul­ture sec­tor re­quires more than 21,000 man power, hy­dropower needs 14,000 num­bers, con­struc­tion of nine hy­dro re­quires 8,000, cul­ture (arts and crafts) re­quires 5000, ICT of 6000 and tourism a tar­get of 30,00.

How­ever, there are lots of ob­sta­cles they face, the chal­lenges faced dur­ing the im­ple­men­ta­tion was that the MoLHR has no con­trol over eco­nomic ac­tiv­i­ties there­fore on em­ploy­ment cre­ation and they have pro­posed rec­om­men­da­tion Em­ploy­ment cre­ation re­spon­si­bil­ity to be al­lo­cated to dif­fer­ent eco­nomic sec­tors. They also Re­quires sup­port from DHI as part of Cor­po­rate So­cial Re­spon­si­bil­ity (CSR).

The sec­ond chal­lenge is that, Bhutan not listed as source of mi­grant work­ers in des­ti­na­tion coun­tries that we planned to send and the pro­posed rec­om­men­da­tion was Gov­ern­ment to ex­pe­dite ne­go­ti­a­tion with iden­ti­fied des­ti­na­tion coun­tries to en­list Bhutan as a source of mi­grant work­ers, he said.

In the third place the chal­lenge was that the TVET ed­u­ca­tion per­ceived to be not at­trac­tive and has pro­posed In­tro­duc­tion of di­ploma course. Fix­a­tion of min­i­mum wage for dif­fer­ent skill level. Re­vise stipend for TTIs/IZCs trainees. The other chal­lenge is that the in­ad­e­quate par­tic­i­pa­tion from pri­vate sec­tor for TVET pro­grams and has pro­posed to In­crease pro­fes­sional fees and in­cen­tives and the last chal­lenge is that the In­ad­e­quate in­struc­tors with re­quired qual­i­fi­ca­tion and pro­posed to Re­cruit in­struc­tors on con­tract and qual­i­fi­ca­tion upgra­da­tion of ex­ist­ing in­struc­tors.

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