Opposition questions PM on youth employment status
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.