Gangtok (Scattered Tibetan Communities)

Brief story of Scattered Tibetan Communities in Gangtok, Sikkim

Introduction:

Soon before and after the invasion of Tibet in 1959 many Tibetan took refuge in India and many of them started settling in and around the Gangtok region. So, in 1975 Tibetan Welfare Office is established to look after the socio-economic welfare of the Tibetans residing in an around the region.

Settlement location:

Tibetan Welfare office is located at Gangtok of Sikkim state, India. The average altitude of the area is 5000 ft above sea level and average rainfall is 3000 ml. The average temperature is 2°-28° celsius.

Settlement population:

Initial population 4750
Present population: 3240

No. of villages in the settlement:

Tibetan Welfare Office, Gangtok takes care of Tibetans residing around 6 different regions of Gangtok.

Settler's livelihood;

Main occupation of the Tibetan residing in and around the Gangtok are small business, road construction labourer, restaurant, taxi driving and cattle rearing etc.

Facilities in the settlement:

School One Sambhota day school up to class VIII.
Health facilities One modern allopathic hospital
One Tibetan Medical and Astro institute
Monastery There are 7 monasteries around the region.
Care for Aged no age care

Administrative setup:

Tibetan Welfare Office at Gangtok is the representative office of Department of Home, Central Tibetan Administration. It is serving as the liaison between the Tibetans in the region and the Department of Home, Central Tibetan Administration. It is the principle office to look after welfare and overall control of running of affairs of the Tibetans in the area. Daily task for the representative range from adjudicating disputes to communicating with group leaders and outside authorities, and generally watching over the running of all aspects of the settlement.

Local Assembles: Like every other genuine democratic system the Tibetans in Gangtok region elect their own representative for better understanding of the problems with them. These elected members act as an intermediary with relevant authorities, pass on information, settle disputes and collect money. They can bring up the problems of the Tibetan people and raise the question on the working of the Tibetan Welfare Officer. These members are elected on the basis of their strength of personality and once ability to stand before the interest of their people.

Traveling guide:

Nearest railway station NJP, Siliguri  
Nearest airport NJP, Siliguri  
Bus and taxi services Yes  

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