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