March 24, 2016
Home Kalon Dolma Gyari being presented with a statue of Goddess Tara at the felicitation ceremony.
DHARAMSHALA: The Tibetan community of Dharamshala and Mcleod Ganj, led by the local Tibetan settlement office, organised a special ceremony today to felicitate Kalon Dolma Gyari of the department of Home at the TCV Day school. Over two hundred Tibetans including members of the local Tibetan assembly and representatives from the various Tibetan non-governmental organisations attended the ceremony.
The ceremony is a tribute to the Home Kalon’s tireless service for the welfare of the Tibetan people, particularly her successful effort in legalising 218 Tibetan homes in Mcleod Ganj in a case of alleged illegal encroachment of forestland. Her other notable achievements include resolution of the difficulties faced by Tibetan roadside vendors in Mcleod Ganj and getting ration card facilities for the economically weak Tibetan families in Dharamshala.
Representatives of the Local Tibetan Assembly, Tibetan freedom movement and the Tibetan
settlement officer at the ceremony.
Speaking on the occasion, Kalon Dolma Gyari said, “Everything has happened with the blessings of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the kind support of the state and central Government of India.”
“The 218 Tibetan homes which were mired in a case of encroachment on forestland were legalised under the Himachal Pradesh State Tibetan Rehabiliation 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,” she explained.
She further attributed her successful effort of procuring ration cards for economically weak Tibetan families to the Himachal Pradesh government. “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 said.
She also emphasised her commitment to work for the poorer sections of the Tibetan people. “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.
She concluded her speech by expressing gratitude to the Himachal Pradesh State government and all the CTA staff who made the last five years a success.
The Tibetan community also presented a Buddhist thangka and a statue of goddess Tara to the Home Kalon as an expression of their heartfelt gratitude to her efforts. It was followed by offering of ceremonial Tibetan scarves by the gathering.
Members of the Tibetan community offering Tibetan scarves to the Home Kalon.
A Tibetan offers an applique of Goddess white Tara to Kalon Dolma Gyari, 24 May 2016.