DHARAMSHALA: The Central Tibetan Administration today expressed its profound condolences and sadness at the demise of former Secretary Mr. Thupten Phuntsok. He passed away on 4 August after a prolonged illness in Dehradun.
The Central Tibetan Administration held a prayer service to pray for the noble rebirth of the deceased and all the offices were shut from 04:00 PM as a mark of respect.
Mr. Thupten Phuntsok was born on 25 March 1947 at Tehor Dhargyal in eastern Tibet and came into exile in 1959. He did his schooling from CST Mussoorie near Dehradun.
Mr. Thupten Phuntsok was an accomplished Tibetan civil servant dedicating over 30 years of his life to the service of the Tibetan cause. He joined the Central Tibetan Administration, aged 19, in 1966.
He was first appointed as a ninth rank staff in the education department of the Central Tibetan Administration.
From November of the same year, he was transferred to the settlement office of Doegueling Tibetan settlement in Mundgod.
In February 1975, he was promoted to eighth rank and appointed as the Secretary of Tibetan Co-operative society in Dhondenling Tibetan settlement in Kollegal. From December 1983, he served as acting secretary of Tibetan Co-operative society in Lugsam Samdupling Tibetan settlement in Bylakuppe.
He was promoted to seventh rank in May 1985 serving in the same position. The following year, he was transferred to Health department on the post of Deputy Secretary.
From August 1992, he was appointed as the manager of Sataun Handicraft Centre on Joint Secretary’s post.
From September 1996, he served as Joint Secretary in the office of the Planning Commission. He was promoted to the post of Additional Secretary in April 1997 and appointed as the Secretary of the Public Service Commission.
He was later promoted to the post of Secretary in the year 2000 with the same responsibility.
He retired from active service on 1 August 2001.