MoESD implements Reskilling Training Programs for Retrenched Employees of PHPA-I

Owing to the substantial completion of the project works, the PHPA-I had retrenched about 244 employees w.e.f. 31.8.2022 who were mainly in the categories of Helpers, Peons, Computer Operators, Sweepers, UDCs/LDCs, Work Supervisors, etc. among others.

Given this unavoidable situation and the plight of those employees, His Excellency Lyonpo Loknath Sharma, Minister for Economic Affairs (now Energy & Mineral Resources), who is also the Chairman of Punatsangchhu-I Hydroelectric Project Authority (PHPA-I), in collaboration with Ministry of Education and Skills Development (MoESD), has explored for skilling programs in September 2022 with erstwhile MoLHR and provided opportunities for those retrenched employees to learn new income-generating skills to help them sustain their livelihoods.

Accordingly, PHPA-I, MoESD and MoICE identified various skilling programs based on the interests shown by those employees and currently 81 employees are undergoing three different skilling programs which got started since December 15, 2022 at Bjimthangkha Township premises. While the course on Basic Entrepreneurship Course started on January 4, 2023, the courses on Basic Tailoring and Bakery & Confectionary were started 19 days earlier.

The Department of workforce Planning and Skills Development (DWPSD) and Department of Employment & Entrepreneurship (DoEE) under MoESD and MoICE is financing and implementing the courses through local private training institutes and in close coordination with PHPA-I. The longest training module on basic tailoring will end by 15th March 2023.