Con­tract em­ploy­ment to con­tinue: Labour Min­is­ter

Bhutan Times - - Home - Sonam Wangmo

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.

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