The Labour Minister Lyonpo Ngeema Sangay Tshempo said that the Ministry of Labour and Human Resources (MoLHR) has ensured employment for 3,724 youth till date. He said that the ministry was working to employ more of them in the 2014-2015 financial year.
He said, “The government pledged to give full employment and is still genuinely trying to solve the unemployment problem in the country.”
According to the minister the government was putting in tremendous efforts, almost forcing organizations, corporations and industries to hire Bhutanese citizens.
The minister pointed out that the overseas employment program had sent 331 youth abroad in countries like India, Thailand, Qatar and some others till date.
The MoLHR has five overseas agents who do this but the MoLHR itself is in direct contact with a large Multi National Corporation (MNC) in Kuwait according to the minister.
Lyonpo said that the MNC would be coming to Bhutan soon to train youth and then take them to Kuwait to work there in retail shops.
The ministry is also carrying out the training of trainers programs at the rate of around 100 every three months.
Lyonpo also said that the Guaranteed Employment Program was going well where out of 665 job seekers only 226 have joined the labor market. He said the ministry was trying to solve the issue as there had been a lukewarm response from job seekers with most not turning up for interviews or not wanting to go to indentified places.
As a result the minister said that even employers were now giving a lukewarm response as the youth were not taking up jobs and opportunities.
To deal with this and ensure that the GEP is a success the MoLHR has formed a task force with a member each from every department based in a room in the ministry. Lyonpo said that the taskforce would be working with employers, corporations, industries to ensure the success of GEP.
The minister said that the ministry was also carrying out apprentice training programs and graduate internship training programs.
Lyonpo said that the government was working very hard to train local manpower so that they could replace and reduce the large numbers of foreign workers in Bhutan.