Contract employment to continue: Labour Minister
Recruiting officials on special, consolidated, and fixed contract, in the civil service will continue. This was made clear during the ongoing session of the Parliament.
Responding to an opposition MP, the labour minister Ngeema Sangay Tshempo, said that the system of recruiting staff on contract in the civil services was in practice during the reign of the past government and it will not end immediately.
Radhi-Sekteng MP Jigme Wangchuk said that about 1,300 jobseekers were recruited on contract between 2015 and 2016, but was not clear whether they received allowances, like other civil servants. He questioned the minister whether the government has a plan to renew their contract and gradually regularize them.
Labour minister said that those recruited on the contract is as per the agreement and interest of an individual. He said that the recruitment was done by the RCSC, an autonomous agency, and there was no interference from the government.
The minister added that there are 26, 928 civil servants in the country, of which, 1,317 are on contract.
Based on the need and requirement the contract system would continue, according to the labour minister. On regulariza- tion, he said, it depends on the capabilities, experience, skills and knowledge, the employee on contract gains, and displays, during their contract period.
The minister said that the employees on contract, in the civil service, draws 30 percent contract allowance on their fixed salary. And with the experience they gain, they have choice to apply for regularization or get employed in another agency within the government, or in the private sector. Recruiting jobseekers on contract would help the government to save some money as the staffs on contract are not entitled to other allowances, incentives and benefits.
Labour minister said that 417 contract teachers were regularized after their contract period based on the agreement and as there was a requirement, while for the IT teachers, the contract has to be cancelled since the Chiphen Riphel Project was over.