Op­po­si­tion ques­tions PM on youth em­ploy­ment sta­tus

Bhutan Times - - Front Page - Sonam Pen­jor

Dur­ing the ques­tion and an­swer ses­sion in the Na­tional As­sem­bly last Fri­day, the Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment from Kengkhar-Wer­ingla, Rinzin Jamt­sho ques­tioned the Prime Min­is­ter on the pledges made by the Peo­ple’s Demo­cratic Party (PDP) dur­ing the elec­tion about pro­vid­ing 100 per­cent em­ploy­ment.

MP Rinzin Jamt­sho ques­tions on the sta­tus of the em­ploy­ment pro­vided and also pro­vid­ing of stipend for the un­em­ployed youths.

In re­spond to the ques­tions, Ly­onch­hen Dasho Tsh­er­ing Tob­gay said that to­day there were enough jobs to em­ploy our un­em­ployed youths and urged youths to con­tact if they needed job.

Ly­onch­hen said “I can­not promised that if some­one is look­ing for a job to­day and finds em­ploy­ment to­mor­row,” Ly­onch­hen how­ever added that, “If un­em­ployed youths are look­ing for the jobs and re­mained un­em­ployed for the last one month, three months or even a year, I can promised that we can pro­vide jobs to all of them.”

Ly­onch­hen said that the un­em­ployed youths they don’t take in­ter­est in the va­can­cies avail­able rather they are look­ing for jobs in the civil ser­vice which is very lim­ited.

From the gov­ern­ment side, as we have promised ear­lier, those who are gen­uinely look­ing for jobs, Ly­onch­hen said that they have plans and pro­gram in placed to give them jobs.

Within five years, gov­ern­ment had kept a bud­get of Nu.1.2B for the stipend for un­em­ployed youths and it has ben­e­fited to 27,000 youths. It is mainly to cre­ate job op­por­tu­nity and also spent as salary and al­lowances.

Ac­cord­ing to the Labour Force Sur­vey Re­port, the un­em­ploy­ment rate in the coun­try is 2.1 and youth un­em­ploy­ment stands to 13.2 per­cent.

How­ever, Ly­onch­hen said that ac­cord­ing to the Bhutan Liv­ing Stan­dard Sur­vey Re­port, the youth un­em­ploy­ment rate is 11 per­cent and ac­cord­ing to the Pop­u­la­tion and Hous­ing Cen­sus of Bhutan, the youth un­em­ploy­ment rate is 10.6 per­cent and un­em­ploy­ment rate is 2.4 in gen­eral.

Ly­onch­hen also in­formed the House that by the end of 11th Five Year Plan, some 74,000 job op­por­tu­ni­ties have been cre­ated pro­vid­ing em­ploy­ment to about to 32,000 youth and still we have 7,500 va­can­cies in the coun­try iden­ti­fied by the Min­istry of Labour & Hu­man Re­sources.

In ad­di­tion to that, 1,345 va­can­cies through Di­rect Em­ploy­ment Scheme (DES) un­der Labour min­istry, 1,835 for over­seas em­ploy­ment scheme and 3,800 job op­por­tu­ni­ties from the last na­tional job fair.

As un­em­ployed youth pre­fer jobs in the civil ser­vice and it is lim­ited, Ly­onch­hen said that that’s way ad­di­tional of 5,500 job op­por­tu­ni­ties are be­ing cre­ated for now through state owned cor­po­ra­tion. “Still we have va­can­cies of 485.” Ly­onch­hen said that we have an is­sues of youth un­em­ploy­ment may be be­cause of youths are un­aware of the job op­por­tu­ni­ties or they are not at all in­ter­ested.

Ly­onch­hen cited an ex­am­ple that, for the post of as­sis­tant re­search of­fi­cer (ARO) for the Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment at the Na­tional As­sem­bly, for the 34 va­can­cies an­nounced, only 70 ap­pli­cants had ap­plied. Of the 68 ap­pli­cant short­listed for the se­lec­tion in­ter­view, only 48 ap­pli­cants had turnout for the se­lec­tion in­ter­view.

Of 34 em­ployed, seven of them were re­signed from the ser­vice. “This shows that there are other job op­por­tu­ni­ties in the coun­try,” added the Ly­onch­hen.

By the end of 11th Five Year Plan, some 74,000 job op­por­tu­ni­ties have been cre­ated pro­vid­ing em­ploy­ment to about to 32,000 youth and an ad­di­tional of 5,500 job op­por­tu­ni­ties are be­ing cre­ated for now.

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