New Office of Yangchen Gatseling Tibetan Settlement in Shimla Inaugurated.
June 9, 2016
Ven Thubten Wangchen of the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile inaugurating the renovated office of Yangchen Gatseling, Shimla.
SHIMLA: The newly renovated office building of Yangchen Gatseling Tibetan settlement in Shimla was inaugurated on 5 June. The ceremony was attended by all the heads of all the local governmental or non-governmental Tibetan organisations along with the Tibetan public of Shimla.The chief guest at the ceremony was Ven Thubetn Wangchen, Tibetan parliamentarian and Chair of Casa Del Tibet, the chief sponsor of the renovation.
The ceremony began with serving of traditional Tibetan tea and sweet rice, followed by speeches from the dignitaries including Mr Tenzin Tsultrim, the officiating settlement officer and Mr Tenzin, Chairman of Local Tibetan Assembly.
Ven Thubten Wangchen, the chief guest, gave a heartwarming speech where he mentioned Tibetans in Shimla as the residents of the capital of Himachal Pradesh and stressed the importance of maintaining harmonious relations with the local Indians.
The ceremony concluded with words of gratitude to Casa Del Tibet organisation and the sponsors for their generous financial contribution to help renovate the office building. The renovation was completed with the financial help of Casa Del Tibet, (Tibet House) based in Barcelona, Spain. It is led by Ven Thubten Wangchen, a member of the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile.
Ven Thubten Wangchen noticed the poor condition of the office building during one of his official visits to Yangchen Gatseling Settlement in Shimla in April 2016. The office was constructed way back in 1975 and since then no repair have been done on the building due to lack of funds. As a result, the roofs were leaking, the doors and window frames of the building were on the verge of falling apart making it very difficult for the staff to keep themselves warm during the chilling winter when temperature drops below zero degree Celsius.
Ven Thubten Wangchen advised the staff to renovate the office for the comfort of the staff as well as to provide a better appearance for the public when they visit the Office. In order to renovate, it would have cost some amount and Ven. Thupten Wangchen, with great thought, agreed to financially support the renovation of the office and contributed an amount of Rs. 5,80,000/.
As of now the renovation of the office is almost finished.