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Recruitment of foreign domestic worker to be studied: National Assembly

Minister of Home and Culยญture affairs, Lyonpo Sherub Gyeltshen said that a comยญmittee comprising of five members from relevant agenยญcies have been formed to study the matters regarding the recruitment of foreign domestic workers in respond to Dramedtse-Ngatshang MP. The secretary of labour minยญistry is the chairman, while the director of law and order, director general of labour ministry, director of census and the director of immigraยญtion department are memยญbers of the committee.

In the question hour sesยญsion, Dramedtse-Ngatshang MP, Ugyen Wangdi said that the government has pledged to initiate recruitment of forยญeign domestic workers in the 120 days pledges. He quesยญtioned on the status of the iniยญtiation to the home minister.

Lyonpo said that with changing time and developยญment of the country, particuยญlarly at a time when the naยญtion is graduating from LDC, recruiting foreign domestic workers are felt as part of the need. He said that one of the challenges especially faced by the working couples in a family is the non-availability of domestic assistance includยญing babysitters.

He also said that the reยญcruitment of foreign workers is not allowed as per Section 10, Labour and Employment Act 2007. However, regarding the particular matter, Lyonpo added that the act lacks a defยญinite laws and regulation.

He suggested the assemยญbly on having a concrete dos and donโ€™ts, clear laws and regยญulation taking prior considerยญation about the security of the country while taking initiaยญtives of recruiting domestic workers from other countries.

Panbang MP, Dorji Wangdi said that the recruitment of foreign domestic workers may threaten the security and sovereignty of the counยญtry. He said that about 68,000 foreign workers are already in the country working. He sugยญgested on having clear policy that would recruit workers within the country instead of recruiting from outside.

Home minister reiterยญated that the recruitment of foreign workers is a threat through security perspective, yet, the country demands to look into the matter to pacify the problem. He affirmed that the committee is aware of the concerns over security of the country, and they are looking into it.

He also said that the reยญcruitment can benefit the people and make their life easier. He clarified that the initiation will provide a mechยญanism where the countryโ€™s security would not be threatยญened and the matter will be submitted for deliberation when the committee comยญpletes the study.


By Kinley Wangchuk

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