MoLHR tackling unemployment issues
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.