DHARAMSHALA: Mr Tenzin Khenrab and Mr Lobsang Tsethar were sworn in as justice commissioners for new Local Tibetan Justice Commissions at Sonamling Tibetan Settlement, Ladakh, and Kunphenling Tibetan Settlement at Rawangla for eastern region respectively.
They became the first directly-appointed justice commissioners through entrance exam conducted by the Tibetan Supreme Justice Commission.
They took the oath of office from the Tibetan Supreme Justice Commissioner Ngawang Phelgyal Gyechen at a ceremony here today.
Speaking at the ceremony, Mr Ngawang Phelgyal Gyechen said the two justice commissioners are taking on a heavy responsibility unlike other administrative roles, of implementing the functions of judiciary such as to adjudicate civil disputes among the Tibetan community in exile. He, therefore, told them to prepare themselves well in advance especially through gaining experience to carry out their responsibilities efficiently.
Mr Tenzin Kherab, after completing his school education from Sera Je secondary school in southern India, obtained Shastri degree from the Central University of Tibetan Studies, Varanasi, in 1997, and worked at Gaden monastery for one year. He then volunteered to work as Tibetan language teacher at three Tibetan schools in Nepal. He was appointed as secretary at the local justice commission in southern India in 2007. He topped the entrance exam for the post of justice commissioner at Sonamling Tibetan Settlement, Ladakh, while serving there as its secretary since 16 May 2012.
Mr Lobsang Tsethar completed his school education from CST Dalhousie in 1976, following which he obtained a degree in B.A. (Hons) from Chandigarh in 1980. He then completed his B.Ed in 1983. He worked as teacher at TCV school in Ladakah from 1984 to 1992. He served as librarian at TCV school in upper Dharamsala from 1992 to 1996. He worked for around four years at the planning commission of the CTA from 1996. He served as rector at two CST schools from 2003 to 2010. He then worked as planning officer at the head office of Sambhota Tibetan School Administration from 2010 to 2012.
The Tibetan Local Justice Commission (TLJC) for Northern Region at Dekyiling Tibetan Settlement in Dehra Dun, Uttarakhand, and (TLJC) for Southern Region at the Tibetan Settlement in Bylakuppa, Karnataka were established on 9th November 2001 and 1 May 2002 respectively.