By Lobsang Tenchoe
DHARAMSALA, NOV 25: The Tibetan Settlement Office (TSO) of Dharamsala today convened the first meeting of the leaders of various organizations in Dharamsala jurisdiction.
Education Kalon(Minister) Ngodup Tsering attended the meeting, as the Chief Guest in his capacity as acting Sikyong.
The Settlement Office had extended the invitation of the meeting to all the organizations in Dharamsala jurisdiction to attend the meeting held today at Nyatri Hall in Gangchen Kyishong.
“The meeting is being held with the objective to closely knit all the organizations in Dharamsala for effective and better cooperation among the organizations for the collective welfare and development of the community,” Dawa Rinchen, TSO of Dharamsala said in his inaugural address.
“The development and prosperity of the jurisdiction is not the sole responsibility of the TSO, it requires collective effort of the community members; therefore we convened the meeting. I am thrilled that around 75% of the invitees’ have turned out for the meeting,” Dawa Rinchen said.
Aimed at sustenance and development of the community in the jurisdiction, TSO has tabled five propositions for the congregated Tibetan leaders spearheading Tibetan organizations in Dharamsala to discuss and deliberate on at the meeting.
Honoring outstanding service for the Tibetan community, dedication for Tibetan cause and for social service, the Tibetan Settlement Office presented awards to several organizations and individuals on behalf of the community.
The awardees include Indo-Tibetan Friendship Association, India-Tibet Coordination Office, Himalaya Parivar, Municipal Cooperation of Dharamsala, Delek Hospital, Men-tsee-Khang, Lha Charitable Trust, Tibet Charity, TSO’s Clean Upper Dharamsala Project, Dr. Yeshi Dhondhen, Thupten Nyendak and Former MP Dangshar Yonten Gyatso.
Education Kalon Ngodup Tsering applauded the TSO for hosting the meeting and honoring the organizations and individuals for their dedications and services. “The awardees are the unsung heroes; we must honor and thank them to set the bar for others to follow in future. I commend and thank the awardees on behalf of the CTA,” Kalon Ngodup Tsering said.
Commenting on the fifth proposal tabled by the TSO at the meeting, ‘Means to enhance cooperation and support to the CTA by the community members of the jurisdiction’, the acting Sikyong said, “This is really refreshing, as we often indulge in complaining and contemplating on what the Administration has done for us.”