Kalon Karma Yeshi, Department of Finance, CTA speaking to Tibetan community in United States regarding importance of Green Book.
Washington, DC: Kalon Karma Yeshi, Department of Finance, Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) was the chief guest at the 15th North American Tibetan Association (NATA) conference in Boulder, Colorado. He was on tour since 10 November 2016 throughout United States (U.S). After the conclusion of the NATA conference, Kalon along with staff, Dechen Tsomo and Yundung Lhamo from Office of Tibet (OOT) visited twelve Tibetan communities starting from Boulder, Salt Lake City, Portland, Seattle, Chicago, Madison, Minneapolis, Boston, Connecticut, New York & New Jersey Community then Washington, DC and on final legs they visited Philadelphia. He was accompanied by OOT staff Tenzin Dechen on the final leg of tour.
Paljor Kalon’s visit to U.S lasted 30 days, the main purpose of the visit was to attend the NATA conference and visit and cover many Tibetan communities as possible. The visit’s prime aim was to readily expedite unresolved Green Book issues and encourage every Tibetan in the West to obtain a Green Book not only for financial reasons but rather applying the Green Book in order to acknowledge it as a duty of every Tibetan in diaspora as stated in article 13 of the Charter of Tibetans in Exile. Green Book is the sole paper document that demonstrates your Tibetan identity and it helps strengthen direct ties to the Central Tibetan Administration.
Throughout his community visits, Kalon Karma Yeshi repeatedly reiterated his core points of importance of not forgetting to have deep gratitude and appreciation towards His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s constant leadership and continued guidance for the past sixty years and also remembering those elders who have tirelessly dedicated the struggle and laying the foundation of Central Tibetan Administration.
Kalon Karma Yeshi also stressed the importance of having the Green Book and making timely contribution. He pointed out if the community abroad increased the Green Book contributors from 95% to 100% then the Green Book contributions will increase CTA’s yearly revenue stream from 6-8% to 15%-20%. Reaching this goal will be an important aim to target and accomplish so that community as a whole can take pride in moving closer towards self-reliance.
-Report filed by Office of Tibet, Washington DC-
Members of Tibetan community getting in queue to pay Green Book tax.