The mat­ter needs a closer look

Bhutan Times - - Editorial -

O ne of the sub­mis­sions made by the con­trac­tors as­so­ci­a­tion of Bhutan to the gov­ern­ment in the re­cent an­nual gen­eral meet­ing was the scores for fresh en­gi­neers and VTI grad­u­ates in eval­u­a­tion guide­lines. The fresh en­gi­neers and VTI grad­u­ates with work­ing ex­pe­ri­ence be­low 3 years fetches zero point as the stan­dard eval­u­a­tion guide­lines is­sued by the pub­lic pro­cure­ment pol­icy divi­sion of the min­istry of finance. The con­trac­tors felt that the stan­dard set is too high and is a huge set­back for the con­trac­tors em­ploy­ing fresh en­gi­neers and VTI grad­u­ates.

On the other hand the eval­u­a­tion guide­lines has been set in a way that the work car­ried out by our con­trac­tors are of stan­dard qual­ity and as set in the bid­ding doc­u­ments.

With a huge chunk of the gov­ern­ment re­sources be­ing di­verted to the con­struc­tions of huge in­fra­struc­ture we can­not eas­ily com­prise on the qual­ity as pub­lic money is in­volved.

The con­trac­tors pro­posed to the gov­ern­ment to con­sider ab­sorb­ing fresh tech­ni­cal grad­u­ates who re­main un­em­ployed due to lack of ex­pe­ri­ence re­quired by the gov­ern­ment in con­struc­tion ar­eas.

But we should be mind­ful that if one does not have work ex­pe­ri­ence in re­lated field, what would be the qual­ity of work?

A re­mark­able num­ber of fresh en­gi­neers and VTI grad­u­ates re­main un­em­ployed as bid­ders are man­dated to take in only ex­pe­ri­enced man­power for all the bids as per the eval­u­a­tion guide­line. Points are awarded to ex­pe­ri­enced en­gi­neers and tech­ni­cal grad­u­ates only.

While ad­dress­ing this is­sue, the gov­ern­ment is look­ing into ar­eas where they can ab­sorb fresh tech­ni­cal grad­u­ates. But they can­not take to all fresh tech­ni­cal grad­u­ates ev­ery­where be­cause for some con­struc­tion may need highly ex­pe­ri­enced peo­ple.

Many un­em­ployed grad­u­ates from Col­lege of Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy and Jigme Nam­gyel Polytech­nic who are reg­is­tered with the Min­istry of La­bor and Hu­man Re­sources have failed to at­tract any em­ploy­ers. Con­trac­tors are not in­ter­ested to ab­sorb these grad­u­ates be­cause all projects are man­dated to take in ex­pe­ri­enced en­gi­neers.

Thus, con­trac­tors ul­ti­mately re­cruit non-na­tional en­gi­neers which give way to un­em­ploy­ment and out flow of In­dian Ru­pee.

The scor­ing sys­tem in the eval­u­a­tion guide­lines needs to be re­vis­ited as to al­low cer­tain point for the fresh en­gi­neers and tech­ni­cal grad­u­ates as well. It may be fair if min­i­mum 5-10 marks be awarded to fresh grad­u­ates as well in the eval­u­a­tion guide­lines.

If these eval­u­a­tion guide­lines are put in place this will avoid a huge in­flux of for­eign na­tion­als in the coun­try but also re­solve the un­em­ploy­ment prob­lem faced by the gov­ern­ment. More­over, on the long run we need to de­velop our own man­power and can start now.

As such a closer look of this is­sue is a must.

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