With more fa­cil­i­ties , more peo­ple at­tracted into the coun­try

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With the in­creas­ing in eco­nomic op­por­tu­nity in the coun­try and with ac­cess to free health care ser­vices and the ed­u­ca­tion, this at­tracts peo­ple to get into the coun­try through work re­lated ac­tiv­i­ties, mar­riages and through tourism, this was said by For­eign Min­is­ter, Ly­onpo Dam­cho Dorji last Fri­day dur­ing 21st Meet the Press ses­sion.

Ly­onpo said that Bhutan will be grad­u­at­ing soon from Least De­vel­oped Coun­tries (LDC). He said that there is lots of pres­sure es­pe­cially re­gard­ing em­ploy­ment for var­i­ous rea­sons.

Even they are com­ing with the work per­mit but once they are in­side the coun­try they wanted to be here as long as possi- ble. And their ten­dency is to stay here even if their work per­mit is ex­pired, said the Ly­onpo.

To en­sure the peo­ple who should be out­side coun­try on time, Ly­onpo said that the rules and reg­u­la­tion of im­mi­gra­tion has to be re­vised.

In or­der to come into the coun­try, they need to have the qual­i­fi­ca­tion of bach­e­lor de­gree and three years of work­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

He said that there are lots of in­ci­dences where peo­ple come in as an ex­perts and pro­fes­sional en­gage but when they do check up on the ed­u­ca­tion back ground then they are not an ex­perts or pro­fes­sion­als in the field.

“Then we have to ver­ify the doc­u­ments, there­fore we have started the sys­tem to re­quire any pro­fes­sion­als to pro­duce cer­tifi­cate” said the Ly­onpo.

He fur­ther said that it could be a bach­e­lor de­gree or diploma or equiv­a­lent to bach­e­lor de­gree but he said that they should have some­thing to prove that they have the qual­i­fi­ca­tions oth­er­wise any­body can come that he is a chef or an ex­perts on Chi­nese lan­guage. But how do we be­lieve on those peo­ple. There­fore the gov­ern­ment has to ask for the cer­tifi­cates.

“The whole idea to change the rule was to en­sure that we don’t bring peo­ple in the coun­try un­der the dis­guise of pro­fes­sional or ex­perts as there is a mis­use of the priv­i­lege given to our peo­ple,” said the Ly­onpo .

He said that the need for bach­e­lor de­gree and three years of work­ing ex­pe­ri­ence is to do with white color jobs, like man­age­rial ex­perts and pro­fes­sion­als but for un­skilled peo­ple like la­bor­ers doesn’t re­quired. If some­one brings as man­ager, then they should at least show their qual­i­fi­ca­tion and ex­pe­ri­ence.

He said that within the coun­try there are many grad­u­ates who didn’t get jobs but if we look at the num­ber of for­eign work­ers in the coun­try we see lots of peo­ple that this very jobs for which a Bhutanese cit­i­zen can eas­ily do.

Ly­onpo said that the im­age of FDI des­ti­na­tion will not be af­fected be­cause when more pro­fes­sional peo­ple are em­ployed then the FDI is go­ing to be suc­cess­ful.

The rea­son why peo­ple are not switch­ing over to pri­vate or cor­po­rate agen­cies is be­cause there is no pro­fes­sional train­ings sup­port from the gov­ern­ment to help for the de­vel­op­ment of pro­fes­sion­als.

La­bor min­is­ter Ngeema San­gay Tshempo said that it is very im­por­tant to de­velop the pro­fes­sion­al­ism of our own peo­ple and to do that min­istry of la­bor is work­ing hard to help them to build the pro­fes­sional, making ef­forts and also en­cour­ag­ing pri­vate en­tre­pre­neur to de­velop.

He added that the gov­ern­ment is also try­ing to in­vest in hu­man re­sources to help the pro­fes­sion­als in the pri­vate sec­tor to come up and to em­ploy our own na­tion­als.

Mean­while, to­day there are 1036 male pro­fes­sion­als and 63 fe­male pro­fes­sion­als making the to­tal of 1,099 pro­fes­sion­als in the coun­try.

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