Job opportunities for the youths at east-west road widening
Although winter is a time for the students to rest and relax, more than 20 students from different parts of country have chosen to take up part time job in road widening under Department of Roads ( DOR), Trongsa. These are the youths who are energetic and those who understand their parent’s difficulty.
Tashi Dorji, Engineer, Department of Road said many students come with job application and sometimes even their parents come personally requesting to employ their children. But they accept only those who are of 18 years and above.
“We have never rejected the students if they fulfil the age because most of them are from poor family background and I understand their situation. I did the same thing during my school days,” he recalled.
The students are paid daily wages of Nu. 215 per day by the department whereas contractors are paying Nu. 450 daily. Youths are more interested to work under contractors as they are paid more comparing to Department of Roads. “Increase in daily wages has made more interested for the youths to participate in blue color job despite cold winter,” he said.
According to the officials from DOR, students are not made to work during night to avoid accidents and injuries. Only the permanent workers are made to work at night. They have shift system for workers and night timing starts from 7pm till 3 am.
It is challenging to work at night as most of the labours feel sleepy and there is high chance of accidents and injuries, but so far no record of such incidents.
There are also many students working under contractors. After trying for job in several companies a class 10 student of Chhumey MSS in Bumthang , Ganga Ram, found a part time job with one contractor at road widening. Ganga is the second eldest of the four siblings. Ganga Ram is from broken family and he lives with his mother who is simple farmer in Samtse.
“I came to know through my relatives that there is opportunity to earn money in road widening. If I work here I will at least earn some- thing when I go to school to buy stationeries and reduce financial burden to my mother. I am the second responsible person for my family.” he said.
He said the daily wages he is getting at present is satisfied for him. If government pays Nu. 450 per day he is willing to do blue colour job even if he does not qualify in the colleges. Food and lodge are also provided to the labours under contractors.
Ram from Dagana who is the youngest of eight siblings, currently studying in class 10 in Dagana HSS came with his own interest to work. “It’s my first time to work on road side and I feel proud that at least I am doing something for my country and for my own benefit. I am working to keep myself engage.” He added.
Pema Dhendup and his elder brother student of Gylposhing came all the way from Kengkhar in Mongar to work in Trongsa. “It is really challenging to work hard on the road side and it is difficult to stay away from our home town but no option left as we are the eldest from our family.”
“After our father leaving this world we couldn’t enjoy our childhood instead we have to look for job around and find way to survive our family. We wish if our father is still alive we would have better life,” they expressed with sadness.
According to DOR, the road widening work started from 1st July, 2015 and the project is for the period of 28 months. Around 90% of the first cutting is completed and they said the work is on track.