MoLHR tack­ling un­em­ploy­ment is­sues

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The Labour Min­istry is on their full swing to make con­struc­tion sec­tor as an im­por­tant fac­tor giv­ing em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties to all un­em­ployed youths. Labour Min­is­ter, Ngeema San­gay Tshempo said, gov­ern­ment and pri­vate sec­tors work­ing to­gether will cre­ate em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties to all the youths in our coun­try.

He said in­stead of hir­ing out­siders to work in con­struc­tion sec­tor they want as many as Bhutanese work­ers to work in it. The min­istry have a record of 22,856 ex­pa­tri­ate work­ing in con­struc­tion sec­tor in Bhutan.

The Min­istry plans to cre­ate 120,000 em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties in the 11th Five Year Plan. Their aim is to hit 97.5 per­cent job se­cu­rity in dif­fer­ent fields of work, which is at least 82,000 youths out of 120,000 seats. Presently there are 42,000 job op­por­tu­ni­ties in our coun­try in dif­fer­ent field such as in con­struc­tion sec­tors, power sec­tors, busi­ness sec­tors and self-em­ployee, which are their pro­grams. How­ever, it is a big chal­lenge for the gov­ern­ment, he said, the gov­ern­ment might not be able to give all 42000 youths jobs to­gether.

Re­gard­ing the job over­seas, the gov­ern­ment has plan to send 30,000 work­ers but it is not sim­ple process to send them di­rectly as the over­seas coun­tries needs skilled work­ers and also sign­ing of the agree­ments be­tween the coun­tries are not so much easy, he said.

He said, they have so far able to send 1,000 youths over­seas which was ac­tu­ally 30,000 to be sent in their plan. The gov­ern­ment would give 10,000 youths train­ing or tem­po­rary jobs to gain skills within the coun­try, he added.

Ly­onpo also said, in their 11th FYP, they have 16 thromdes to be set up, con­struc­tion of high­ways, farm roads to be con­structed, Gewog cen­tral roads to be black topped and also to con­struct cen­tral schools which is a cost of Nu 102 bil­lion es­ti­ma­tion.

On the con­trary, some works has al­ready started and are on the run. He said it is im­por­tant to dis­cuss with the con­trac­tors and la­bor min­istry that how they can sup­port them. We can train the youths, give cer­tifi­cate and hand­ing over to con­trac­tor is our re­spon­si­bil­i­ties, he said.

He added that they have a record of 402 youth work­ers within six months in the con­struc­tion sec­tors out of which there are 125 work­ers at the new Le-Meri­den Ho­tel do­ing con­struc­tion works, it was good to see that, he added.

Ly­onpo also re­flected on the prob­lem of ru­pee cri­sis, he said, it is due to the work­ers hir­ing from neigh­bor­ing coun­try on which the to­tal of Nu. 9.00 B is an an­nual ex­pen­di­ture on them.

The con­trac­tor said they have to grab the ten­der at a low rate be­cause there is no other op­tion left rather than do­ing ten­der at a low rate. He re­flected that, due to low rate ten­der ren­dered they are not able to em­ploy youth. He said hir­ing youth for work is also loss as some youth ask for an ad­vance and does not turn back to work.

The con­trac­tors present at the meet­ing also said about the mark­ings while on ten­der­ing process. They said, en­gi­neers with three years ex­pe­ri­ences gets 10 marks and sim­i­larly en­gi­neers with five years ex­pe­ri­ences gets 20 marks and those with­out ex­pe­ri­ence does not get any marks there­fore has to do more ex­pen­di­ture. They said if in­ex­pe­ri­enced work­ers could also get marks then they would have an ad­van­tage.

The GEP meet­ing at the Labour of­fice with the min­is­ter, Ngeema San­gay Tshempo with other of­fi­cials of the min­istry was all about the job op­por­tu­ni­ties to the youths. The fo­cus, labuor min­istry or the en­tire gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials is to make con­struc­tion sec­tor as more source of em­ploy­ment in our coun­try.

At the GEP meet­ing held day be­fore yes­ter­day It was dis­cussed that with the sup­port from Di­rect Em­ploy­ment Scheme there will be more em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties. The work­ers shall be pro­vided with good work­ing con­di­tion at work site, job se­cu­rity, up­lift­ing the poorly im­age of work­ers in con­struc­tion sec­tor, in­ten­si­fy­ing the em­ploy­ment in con­struc­tion sec­tor with sup­port un­der DES con­trac­tual works in cen­tral schools were also dis­cussed with the mem­bers of Con­struc­tion As­so­ci­a­tion of Bhutan.

Min­istry of la­bor and Hu­man Re­sources (MoLHR) with its Guar­an­teed Em­ploy­ment Pro­gramme (GEP) has been try­ing their best com­bat­ing un­em­ploy­ment is­sues.

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