- Wednesday, 25 May 2016 20:13
- By: Shalkie, Outlook Tibet
Dharamshala — The Tibetan Settlement Office of Mcleodganj felicitated Kalon Dolma Gyari of the department of Home in a special ceremony held at TCV Day School.
The event was attended by the members of local Tibetan assembly, representatives from many Tibetan NGOs, and the about two hundred community members.
Home Kalon was congratulated for successfully legalising 218 Tibetan homes in a case of alleged illegal encroachment of forestland. She has also resolved the problems faced by the Tibetan roadside vendors and helped providing ration-cards for the economically- weak Tibetan families.
She was also presented with Buddhist thangka and a statue of goddess Tara as an expression of gratitude. It was followed by offering of ceremonial Tibetan scarves by the gathering.
“Everything has happened with the blessings of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the kind support of the state and central Government of India.” said Kalon Dolma Gyari.
In the case of alleged land case, she explained “The 218 Tibetan homes which were mired in a case of encroachment on forestland were legalised under the Himachal Pradesh State Tibetan Rehabilitation Policy Act. The Act clearly specified that the 218 Tibetan homes have not encroached on forestland but was legally built on land provided by the government since 1960’s.”
On her success in providing the ration-cards she said “It is with the kind support of the state government that we have been able to get ration cards for economically weak Tibetan families. If you look at the official website of the state government, you can clearly see a separate column for Tibetans. Therefore, i thank the state government and the relevant authorities for their timely help”.
She further promised to reach out to the poorer sections. “I had an audience with His Holiness the Dalai Lama recently. During the audience, His Holiness informed me that there are a lot of poor Tibetans who require economic assistance and advised me to focus on these issues.
Therefore, it is obvious that despite the best efforts of the Tibetan administration, there are still many Tibetans who we have not been able to reach out. Taking this opportunity, I promise to work for their welfare and urge you to kindly contact your local settlement officer or the relevant authority if you are in need of any assistance from the Central Tibetan Administration,” she said.
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