Gov­ern­ment un­able to reg­is­ter in ILO

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It looks highly unlikely that the gov­ern­ment will be able to reg­is­ter in In­ter­na­tional La­bor Or­ga­ni­za­tion ( ILO) dur­ing its cur­rent term, as dis­cus­sion with var­i­ous stake­hold­ers is still un­der­way.

The gov­ern­ment is in the process of con­duct­ing var­i­ous meet­ings with stake­holder and Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs to dis­cuss about ILO.

The Labour and Hu- man Re­sources Min­is­ter, Ngeema San­gay Tshempo said on on­go­ing ses­sion of par­lia­ment when Pan­bang’s Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment ( MP), Dorji Wangdi asked whether the gov­ern­ment will be able to reg­is­ter in ILO within its term. MP also asked on the sta­tus of ac­ces­sion works at present.

Dorji Wangdi said, “In the view of its po­ten­tial benefits, a lot of ground works have been done in the 10th plan for Bhutan to ac­cess the mem­ber­ship of ( ILO), how­ever, it ap­pears that noth­ing has been done since then.”

He said that, thou­sands of Bhutanese are mov­ing to abroad for bet­ter em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties. So “If gov­ern­ment could reg­is­ter in ILO, there will be an idea on cre­ation of em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties since it is one of the in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions.” Adding, “It will be se­cure to Bhutanese work­ing in abroad.”

Labour min­is­ter said that the gov­ern­ment has to look into the longterm benefits of ILO. The labour min­istry has started to study the ‘ na­tional in­ter­est analy­ses’ ac­cord­ing to the or­der of for­eign min­istry. The gov­ern­ment has to look into the so­cio- eco­nomic devel­op­ment, po­lit­i­cal, re­spon­si­bil­ity, benefits and the bud­get while reg­is­ter to ILO. Bhutan has to pay 0.001 per­cent of an­nual bud­get, which comes to about US$ 9,933.9 if reg­is­tered to ILO.

The labour min­istry is in the process of dis­cus­sion with var­i­ous stake­hold­ers in­clud­ing in­dus­tries and con­struc­tions. There are 478 large in­dus­tries, 671 medium, 15,193 cot­tages and 4,121 con­struc­tion sec­tors in Bhutan.

The min­istry has ad­e­quate bud­get to pro­vide skill devel­op­ment and train­ing pro­gram to civil ser­vant and job­seek­ers even if gov­ern­ment fails to reg­is­ter in ILO, ac­cord­ing to the min­is­ter.

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