Older Generation are the Pillars of Tibetan Community: Sikyong at Closing Ceremony of 11th Settlement Officers Meeting cum Workshop.


October 21, 2016


Sikyong Dr Lobsang Sangay addressing the closing ceremony of the 11th Tibetan Settlement Officers Meeting cum Workshop along with Home Kalon Mr Sonam Topgyal Khorlatsang, Acting Secretary Mr Chemi Rigzin and Additional Secretaries of home department Mr Karma Choeying and Mrs Tsewang Dolma at Nyatri hall, Gangchen Kyishong, 20 October 2016.

DHARAMSHALA: Sikyong Dr Lobsang Sangay addressed the closing ceremony of the 11th annual Tibetan settlement officers meeting cum workshop at Nyatri hall, yesterday. Over 43 settlement officers across India, Nepal and Bhutan participated in the four-day meeting cum workshop.

The closing ceremony was attended by Home Kalon Mr Sonam Topgyal Khorlatsang, Acting Secretary Chemi Rigzin, Additional Secretaries Mrs Tsewang Dolma and Mr Karma Choeying and staff of home department.

Speaking at the closing ceremony of the settlement officers meeting, Sikyong observed that the shared sense of progress and vision encapsulated in the four-day discussion laid a foundation for renewed efforts in serving the overall welfare of the community.

Sikyong particularly stressed that both the central and local administration need a renewed focus on radically addressing the grievances of the poorer section in Tibetan community and improving care for elder people who are more vulnerable to poverty.

Unveiling improved schemes and support for older section of Tibetan community, Sikyong avowed that the older generations are the pillars of our community and expressed in-depth gratitude and respect for their lifelong contribution to the community. “The elder people of our community are the pioneer generation who spearheaded the Tibetan movement in its most difficult phase and led us on a path of development which has transformed the lives of the exile Tibetan population. They are the pioneer generation who experienced first hand, the brutal occupation of Tibet and fought real battles against the Chinese army.”

Sikyong asserted that the local administration are central to addressing public grievances and therefore, must do what they can to protect the overall welfare of the people.

Mr Karma Choeying, Additional Secretary of the home department delivered the vote of thanks.

Some of the key proposals and discussions in the four-day meeting cum workshop includes proposals to set out improvement in elderly-care; revamped schemes to provide a vital safety net for the poorer section of our community including immediate financial and medical support; formulation of an all-round sustainable development projects; registration and acquisition of official status for the Tibetan settlements at its respective district administration; establishment of a complete database information system for Central Tibetan Administration and its offices.

The 11th annual Tibetan Settlement Officers Meeting was held from 17 – 20 October.


Sikyong Dr Lobsang Sangay speaking at the closing ceremony of the 11th Tibetan Settlement Officers Meeting cum Workshop, along with Home Kalon Mr Sonam Topgyal Khorlatsang, Acting Secretary Mr Chemi Rigzin and Additional Secretaries of home department Mr Karma Choeying and Mrs Tsewang Dolma at Nyatri hall, Gangchen Kyishong 20 October 2016.

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