Job op­por­tu­ni­ties for the youths at east-west road widen­ing

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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.

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