COVID-19: CTA to disburse 1 crore Emergency Support Funds to distressed, stranded Tibetans

DHARAMSALA, 21 May: The Central Tibetan Administration(CTA) has announced 1 crore Emergency Support Funds to “Tibetans facing distress and are presently stranded due to the nationwide lockdown because of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

“As the Tibetan community confronts the unprecedented challenges posed by the ongoing outbreak of pandemic and the subsequent nation-wide lockdown, Sikyong Dr Lobsang Sangay on 7 May has directed the Department of Home to allocate COVID-19 Emergency Support Funds to Tibetans facing distress and are presently stranded” due to the COVID-19 lockdown in India, Nepal and Bhutan, reported, the official webpage of the CTA.

According to the report,  INR 5000 will be distributed to 2000 Tibetans in exile who have applied for the fund and met the basic criteria set by the department. 

“This one-time relief support of INR 5000 will be disbursed to one qualified applicant per family through the concerned settlement officers,” the report added.

Meanwhile, President Sangay launched CTA’s bilingual “official COVID-19 Emergency Relief Committee website that aims to deliver to Tibetan people across the globe comprehensive information and data about the pandemic outbreak and the measures taken by each distinctive department of CTA in curbing the unprecedented challenges posed by the ongoing COVID-19 situation in the Tibetan community.”

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