PHPA employs 24 drayang workers

May 22|Kuensel
By Phurpa Lhamo, Wangdue

The two mega hydroelectric projects, Punatsangchhu I and II may have their own problems in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, but it has come to the rescue of 24 people who lost their source of livelihood.

The two projects in Wangduephodrang  employed  the 24  drayang  workers  who lost their jobs  after  the  closure  of entertainment centres in Bajo town. PHPA  I  employed  14 and  PHPA  II  took  in  10  upon request  from  the  dzongkhag administration office.

According  to  PHPA  management  officials,  the  24  former draying workers would be paid Nu 7,500 a month, which is  a  little  more  than  the  national  minimum  wage  rate  of Nu  234  per  day.  The employees also avail the projects’ bus services to drop and pick them for work.

An ex-employee of a drayang  in  Wangdue,  Namgang Tshering  said  they  requested the dzongkhag to engage them in  some  kind  of  jobs.  “I have a family and this income has helped me a lot.  We are also planning   to   do   volunteer works for the dzongkhag for helping us,” he said.

The  employees  had  also requested  the  PHPA  management to increase the pay to Nu 300  per  day,  which  was  likely to be approved. All the 24 employees are recipients of the Nu 12,000 monthly relief kidu.

The employees are engaged in housekeeping and in lighter works of preservation activities of the electro-mechanical works at the projects.

Dzongkhag  senior  planning officer, Passang Dorji said a  random  survey  conducted in  the  dzongkhag  found  that employees  of  entertainment centres were affected the most due to Covid-19.He added that immediately after the entertainment centres   were   closed,   the dzongkhag took initiative  to find out people who had lost their jobs.

“We called PHPA who were willing to help.  We  found  out that  the  work  would  include physical  work  and  called  in only interested people.”Wangdue dzongkhag was also willing to provide jobs to the remaining employees who were not taken in at PHPA. Passang Dorji said that dzongkhag planned to engage those who lost their jobs in dzongkhag’s   beautification activities. “However, they were not interested.” Kinley   Wangmo,   26,   a beneficiary, said the temporary employment has come as a great help. Being the eldest in the family and with the rent due, she said that finding a job was necessary.  “My younger sister who also works at a drayang and her husband working in a bar both lost their job,” Kinley said.

The employees will work at PHPA for three months. “As  referred  by  dzongkhag administration,   PHPA   has engaged   them   based   on greater  social  considerations especially  during  such  a  difficult time being faced by our people,”  an  official  from  the PHPA II management said

 

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