Arunachal Pradesh Adopts the Tibetan Rehabilitation Policy Act 2014.

August 17, 2017

Shri Pema Khandu, Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh and President Dr Lobsang Sangay of Central tibetan Administration
Shri Pema Khandu, Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh and President Dr Lobsang Sangay of Central tibetan Administration.

DHARAMSHALA: The Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh has officially adopted the Tibetan Rehabilitation Policy Act for Tibetans residing in the state. The Central Government of India has formalised the Act in 2014.

Confirming the announcement, Shri Pema Khandu, Chief Minister of the state wrote to Dr Lobsang Sangay, the President of Central Tibetan Administration.

"I am happy to inform you that in the cabinet meeting convened by me on 12 August 2017, I along with my colleagues decided to adopt and extend the Tibetan rehabilitation policy 2014 in the state of Arunachal Pradesh," he said.

"As you are aware, Arunachal Pradesh has the fourth largest number of Tibetans in India. We have four Tibetan settlements Tezu, Miao, Tuting and Tenzingang. Therefore, in order to provide better opportunities to Tibetan youths residing in Arunachal Pradesh, my cabinet resolved to implement the Tibetan Rehabilitation Policy 2014 as framed by the union Government of India," he added.

President Dr Sangay thanked the State government of Arunachal Pradesh led by Shri Pema Khandu for confirming the implementation of the policy.

"I thank my dear friend Shri Pema Khandu who is an ardent follower of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and life long friend of the Tibetan people. The state of Arunachal Pradesh shares an unshakeable and historic bond with the Tibetan people. This gesture will further strengthen the bond of friendship and affinity between the two," Dr Sangay said.

"Taking this opportunity, I would also like to recall the late Shri Dorjee Khandu, former chief minister of Arunachal Pradesh for his significant contribution towards the welfare of the Tibetan people. One of the great Chief Ministers of the state, he was a lifelong follower of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and catered to the welfare of his people," he added.

Since the official announcement of the Tibetan Rehabilitation Policy Act by the Union government of India in 2014, several states including Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand have also formulated the policy as requested by Kashag of the Central Tibetan Administration.

For the first time in exile history, Mundgod and Hunsur, both in the Indian state of Karnataka and two of the largest Tibetan settlements have officially signed land lease agreements ensuring the sustenance of the Tibetan settlements.

The Tibetan Rehabilitation Policy Act caters to the welfare of the Tibetans in India: matters concerning land lease, extending Central and States benefits, undertaking any economic activity and to that extent issuing of relevant papers/trade license/permit, pursue/take jobs in any field for which they are professionally qualified such as fields like nursing, teaching, Chartered Accountancy, medicine, engineering etc.