The matter needs a closer look
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.