The re­vi­sion was timely

Bhutan Times - - EDITORIAL -

The wages for the na­tional work force has been re­vised be­gin­ning this month. The re­vi­sion was an­nounced by the Min­istry of Labour and Hu­man Re­sources last Wed­nes­day. The re­vi­sion ranges from 30-35 per­cent­ages depend­ing upon the cat­e­gories of the work­force. The high­est cat­e­gory of in­crease is for master crafts­man who in­cludes highly trained and ex­pe­ri­enced in their craft from the ex­it­ing rate of Nu. 240 per day to Nu. 324. The low­est in­crease was for the un­skilled labour of Nu. 215 per day from Nu.165 per day.

The last re­vi­sion took place in 2011 and the wage rate is ap­pli­ca­ble to those Bhutanese em­ployed by the gov­ern­ment agen­cies for work ex­e­cuted di­rectly by the agen­cies. The rate ap­proved by the gov­ern­ment is the only min­i­mum rate and does not re­strict any em­ployer from pay­ing above the min­i­mum amount.

The gov­ern­ment has also ap­proved the na­tional work force that work at an al­ti­tude of 8,000 feet or above 2,400 me­ters be en­ti­tled to Nu.600 as high al­ti­tude al­lowance.

Most of observers felt that the re­vi­sion was long over­due and was timely. The re­vi­sion has been ap­proved tak­ing into con­sid­er­ing the in­fla­tion rate and the re­vi­sion of the civil ser­vant salary.

The in­crease in the wages will have a sig­nif­i­cant im­pact on the bud­get out­lay of the gov­ern­ment and the cost of work com­po­nents will in­crease sub­stan­tially. Fur­ther the city cor­po­ra­tions will have dif­fi­culty in pay­ing the wages as they are al­ready fund strapped and will have to meet the cur­rent ex­penses from their own rev­enues.

With harsh work­ing and no re­vi­sion of wages so far most of the na­tional work force work­ers of the pro­duc­tive age have left for greener pas­tures.

The na­tional work force is mostly with the depart­ment of roads and city cor­po­ra­tions. The re­vi­sion in the wages for the work­ers may re­tain them with the par­ent or­ga­ni­za­tion for some time now.

Well it was a happy mo­ment for those who work as na­tional work force but lo­cal economist pre­dicts that with the in­crease in the wages of the labour­ers , the de­mand for the Bhutanese labour will fall down.

On the other hand there are many ex­pa­ti­ate work­ers who can carry out the same work at a much cheaper rate. Due to this the de­mand for the ex­pa­tri­ate work­ers will in­crease hav­ing se­ri­ous reper­cus­sion of our econ­omy.

The na­tional work force earns the low­est from our in­come bracket and with in­fla­tion their pur­chas­ing power is all time low. But for a sta­ble work force we will have to pay them bet­ter. They keep our roads run­ning and keep our city clean.

May be there will be some hitches in the be­gin­ning but time will take care of ev­ery­thing.

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