156 Bhutanese ready to leave for the Middle East

First batch leaves next week

Employment: Seventy-eight graduates will be turning a new chapter in their lives, if not in Bhutan but in Dubai, UAE and Kuwait starting next month.

Recruited under the overseas employment programme with the labour ministry, these graduates will be signing a minimum of one-year contract before they leave the country.

They will be working as a sales associate with renowned apparel retail companies such as H&M, American Apparel and Coast among others.

They are the second batch of graduates the ministry is sending this year. The first batch, which was trained earlier this year also comprises of 78 graduates.

Department of Employment (DoE) officials said more females are selected under the programme.

“From the youth unemployed rate that stands at 9.6 percent today, females are high and even from the jobseekers registered females stand as the highest number,” an official said. “So we wanted to give them an equal opportunity to gain meaningful employment.”

From the 78 graduates selected in the second batch, 48 are female and from the first batch 67 are female.

“The first batch of graduates will be leaving next week and the second batch will leave as soon as formalities are completed,” labour officials said.

One of the graduates leaving for Dubai is Ngawang Tenzin, 23, who was on the job hunt for a year. He is a graduate from Tamil Nadu in India.

“Working overseas will help build my self-esteem,” he said. “I can’t wait for the new journey to begin.”

Another graduate from Sherubtse, Tshering Choki, 23, said the salary is attractive.

“The job market is very competitive here, so it’s better for us to work overseas if we get an opportunity,” she said. “What more better way to learn and gain new experiences.”

Labour minister Ngeema Sangay Tshempo awarded the new batch of graduates with certificates yesterday.

After awarding the certificates, the minister advised the graduates not to forget their work ethics while working there.

“You shouldn’t forget that you are representing Bhutan and take care of yourself,” the minister said.

A total of about 729 jobseekers were send through overseas employment programme from July 1, 2013 to till date. Out of which 235 are female and 485 are male.

The ministry had sent 429 jobseekers while 300 were sent through private recruiting agencies.

Thinley Zangmo

2 replies
  1. logical
    logical says:

    “Seventy-eight graduates will be turning a new chapter in their lives, if not in Bhutan but in Dubai, UAE and Kuwait starting next month.”

    Apart from glaring anomaly in numbers with heading of the article, the above sentence of the article generates other questions.
    Why is BHUTAN, the land of their origin not able to occupy and serve them income for sustenance? How are Dubai, UAE. Kuwait and the like better and promising for these than Bhutan, their home country? What made these countries BETTER than ours, with capacity to absorb, engage productively and pay them? Why is Bhutan, a nation of less than million nationals not able to contain its own, engaging them in productive activities?

    Has ECONOMIC ACTIVITIES come to standstill refusing to hold its own, even the GRADUATES, a RARE THING to find in the recent past in the place where two decades ago we heard proud declarations that we attracted tens of thousands of foreign ECONOMIC IMMIGRANTS from third country becoming squatters in our country? Or, was there never any ECONOMIC ACTIVITY as boasted about against the amazed victims suffering false accusations and about to lose their rights and properties in their nation?

    How long will this game played against the Bhutanese nationals, now reaching to the level of the GRADUATES?

    I wish them going, conducting safely and coming back with expected sum of money if ever. Much of the same will soon be lost to taxes/octries, inflations, dwindling devaluation and the like that eat up the VALUE and by it the national ECONOMY without any means of restraint or rights of questioning by any party in the nation. The act of silence from the part of losers may be termed as love and loyalty to the nation to encourage them loose more, but that will continue to uphold the pain of loses and hopelessness the DUMB PEOPLE continue to endure without understanding or in silence for ages ….
    Speak up graduates, and begin talking the facts in figures to save Bhutan and Bhutanese, creating SAFE BHUTAN for the peace loving, harmonious Bhutanese that suffered helplessly under austere regimes, being marginalized as SLAVES of various institutions! …

  2. logical
    logical says:

    “Seventy-eight graduates will be turning a new chapter in their lives, if not in Bhutan but in Dubai, UAE and Kuwait starting next month.”

    Apart from glaring contrast about numbers with heading of the article, the above sentence of the article generates other questions.
    Why is BHUTAN, the land of their origin not able to occupy and serve them income for sustenance? How are Dubai, UAE. Kuwait and the like better and promising for these than Bhutan, their home country? What made these countries BETTER than ours, with capacity to absorb, engage productively and pay them? Why is Bhutan, a nation of less than million nationals not able to contain its own, engaging them in productive activities?

    Has ECONOMIC ACTIVITIES come to standstill refusing to hold its own, even the GRADUATES, a RARE THING to find in the recent past in the place where two decades we heard proud declarations that we attracted tens of thousands of foreign ECONOMIC IMMIGRANTS from third country becoming squatters in our country? Or, was there never any ECONOMIC ACTIVITY as boasted about against the amazed victims suffering due to false ideals and about to loose rights and properties in their nation?

    How long will this game be played against the Bhutanese nationals, now reaching to the level of the GRADUATES, rare thing in recent past?

    I wish then going and conducting safely and coming back with much money if ever to loose in taxes, high inflation, devaluation and the like that eat up the VALUE without any means of restrain or rights of questioning by any party in the nation. If this may be called loyalty to the nation on their part, yet it still upholds the pain of hopelessness and loses the DUMB PEOPLE endure silently for ages ….

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