Phuentsholing Thromde in need of more engineers

The Thromde has asked the works and human settlement ministry for an urban planner and a designer

As the current engineers working for different departments of the Phuentsholing Thromde are already occupied and overburdened with their works, the Thromde is in need of more engineers.

With development works in full swing, the existing strength of engineers is unable to deliver quality services due to the additional works that they have. There are also concerns that this would undermine quality services.

The Thromde’s Assistant Engineer with the infrastructure division, Karma Tshering said increasing number of engineers would enable them to render better public service delivery.

Currently, the Thromde has 22 engineers under the infrastructure division of the 23 approved.

In the absence of adequate engineers, there are technicians currently assisting those engineers. The department of solid waste does not have an engineer and is currently headed by a senior technician. The department, however, requires an engineer who can design and head the department.

   Further, even the sewerage department has only one engineer and a technician.

With increasing responsibilities, the departmental engineers say that they cannot handover the risks coming with the work to contract employed engineers. They say that contract employees leave once their contract expires and the accountability falls on the engineer heading the department.

   And as development activities within the Thromde have increased and without an adequate number of engineer to carry out monitoring works, the Thromde has employed additional engineers on contract for two years and some on muster rolls.

Meanwhile, the engineers say that they have to work even during the weekends without much perks and that those employed on contract leave after the completion of the terms with some posts still yet to be filled.

The Thromde currently doesn’t have full-fledged chief planners and designers too. Currently, the Deputy Chief Urban Planner is heading the department. Even architects work as planners in the Thromde office.

Another challenge faced by Thromde engineers, according to them, is in managing the timeliness of the work. Since most of the chief engineers are busy attending meetings and resolving issues, this has also created a vacuum which the young engineers are unable to fill up.

“Increasing workloads result into stress, thereby a decreased output,” Ashok Sunwar, Thromde’s Chief Engineer said, adding that engineers need senior engineers to guide the young ones and new engineers and also those technicians as they do multi-tasking jobs.

 Meanwhile, Thromde’s Human Resource Officer, Kunzang Lhamo, said to meet the requirement, the Thromde has employed three engineers on muster roll to fill up the gap. She has also asked the departments to report on the requirement after assessing the works and shortages.

 Citing the impact on the revenue generation, the HRO said employing too many engineers at once is also a question.

“Yes, we need some engineers, but I do not see the requirement of regular engineers as we have the scope of adjustment,” she said.

She added the Thromde also needs to abide by the Royal Civil Service Commission’s policy. She also added that developmental works are underway and the completion of those activities would result in surplus engineers.

Meanwhile, the Thromde has vacant posts for an urban planner and a designer as both have resigned last December. They were recruited on contract. The Thromde has asked the works and human settlement ministry for an urban planner and a designer.

“They don’t have excess planners too. So we will follow up with RCSC for lateral transfer or recruitment on contract,” Kunzang Lhamo said, adding that there is no urban designer in the market for recruitment.            

Krishna Ghalley from Phuentsholing