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