Govt. ne­go­ti­at­ing on the six month ma­ter­nity leave for women in the pri­vate sec­tor

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The Min­is­ter for Labour and Hu­man Re­sources Ly­onpo Ny­eema San­gay Tshenpo said that the govern­ment is ne­go­ti­at­ing the six month ma­ter­nity leave for women work­ers in the pri­vate sec­tors.

The min­ster made this re­mark dur­ing the ques­tion hour ses­sion in the Na­tional Coun­cil last Fri­day.

Mem­bers raised ques­tions on two issues: firstly on in­sur­ance and re­tire­ment ben­e­fits for em­ploy­ees in the pri­vate sec­tor and se­condly on ad­dress­ing the grow­ing num­ber of un­em­ployed teacher grad­u­ates.

The Na­tional Coun­cil mem­ber from Sarpang Dhan Bdr. Monger asked what mea­sures were be­ing taken by the govern­ment to en­sure con­ge­nial work­ing con­di­tions to en­cour- age youth to­wards blue col­lar jobs. He also ques­tioned whether the govern­ment was ad­dress­ing the in­sur­ance, leave rules and oc­cu­pa­tional safety to en­cour­age youth take up jobs in the pri­vate sec­tor.

To this, the Ly­onpo said that the Govern­ment has al­ready in­vested in pro­vid­ing skills for 41,966 job seek­ers in the mar­ket. To­day, 37,463 of them have been gain­fully em­ployed while only 4,503 are left. Fur­ther, he said that the Govern­ment is also train­ing youth to be­come busi­ness en­trepreneurs and take up con­tract works. Such train­ings are con­ducted in Ch­humed and Dek­il­ing Vo­ca­tional Train­ing Cen­tres.

The min­is­ter as­sured that the work­place safety has been en­sured through distri­bu­tion of safety kits to the youth work­ing in all sites.

The Na­tional Coun­cil emi­nent mem­ber Ke­sang Chuki Dor­jee also raised ques­tion on how far govern­ment has reached in terms of ex­plor­ing the op­por­tu­nity of over­seas em­ploy­ment of our teach­ers.

In re­sponse to the ques­tions, Ly­onpo clar­i­fied that the cur­rent at­tri­tion rate of teach­ers stands at 3 per­cent with about 258 teach­ers re­sign­ing each year. He said that there are about 700 teach­ers who work in pri­vate schools and they do not have any for­mal train­ing.

He said that ac­cord­ing to their plan, the govern­ment will em­ploy 373 teacher grad­u­ates next year, 270 in 2018, 224 in 2019 and 222 in 2020.

With re­gard to over­seas em­ploy­ment of teach­ers, he said the Govern­ment is in the process of setting up a teacher knowl­edge test, sim­i­lar to the IELTS to qual­ify them for jobs any­where in the world. The govern­ment is also in dis­cus­sion with the Thai govern­ment to send 400 teach­ers to schools in Bangkok. The Min­istry will also send teach­ers to In­dia.

Some Na­tional Coun­cil mem­bers also raised con­cerns over the youth un­em­ploy­ment rate es­ca­lat­ing to 10.7 per­cent in 2015 de­spite the Govern­ment’s ef­forts to tar­get full em­ploy­ment. Oth­ers asked why the over­seas em­ploy­ment tar­get of 30,000 youth was brought down to 9,000.

The min­is­ter said the con­cern of un­em­ploy­ment would re­main an is­sue since our youth are still not ad­e­quately skilled for the job mar­ket. Se­condly, the youth do not stick to one job.

Thirdly, they are also re­luc­tant to take up blue color jobs. There­fore, he urged all youth to take up any kind of jobs that come their way so that they gain ex­pe­ri­ence.

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