Home Kalon speaking to members of the public at Doeguling Tibetan settlement, Mundgod.
Home Kalon Mr. Sonam Topgyal Khorlatsang successfully concluded his official visit to the five southern Tibetan settlements along with visit to Bangalore, Mysore and Neelmangla, Bangalore.
Mundgod was his final leg of tour from 11 – 14 April, followed by visit to the Institute of Small Trade and Learning (ISTL) centre, Neelmangla on 15 April.
On his way to Mundgod, at Chitradurga, 203 kms from Bangalore, Kalon paid tribute at the memorial of late Shri S. Nijalingappa, National Leader and the first Chief Minister of Karnataka, who alloted lands for rehabilitation of Tibetan refugees in 1960’s in Karnataka state erstwhile Mysore state.
On 11 April, after arrival from Bangalore at 4.30 pm Kalon met with H.E Sakya Gongma Rinpoche and seeked his blessings. Kalon briefed on his purpose of visit and informed on 15 Kashag’s policies.
On 12 April evening, Kalon visited the old peoples home, the project site for new arrival Tibetans and yatri niwas – a guest house constructed with financial assitance from State tourism department, followed by address to the monks of Drepung Loseling, Gomang, Ratoe, Sakya and Kargyu monasteries at the Drepung Lachi debate courtyard.
On 13 April morning, Kalon addressed the monks of Ganden Shartse, Jangtse, Nyingma and Sakya Damchoeling monasteries at the Ganden Lachi main temple. During the evening, Kalon paid visit to the settlement office and discussed on further follow up on the implementation of the Tibetan Rehabilitation Policy. Later, visited the ongoing construction of the new settlement office building, the local assembly, cooperative society office and the Shiwatso library.
On 14 April, Kalon addressed the Doeguling public on 15 Kashag’s strategic polices on five fifty strategy, integrated settlement development project (ISDP) with participatory needs assesment training for making a viable and sustainable settlements, leadership trainings for the CTA staffs, teacher trainings, trainings for the community heads, establishment of a banking like instution – which will carter to the financial needs and management of the Tibetan community such as providing sweater business loans with minimum interest and agricultural loans; all these programs are focused to strengthen the administration and institutions, said Kalon.
Further, informed the public on Kashag’s focus on placing extreme importance in providing good education, educating both the mind and heart. Through education, our future generation can make great contribution to the nation. He also emphasised on the preservation of Tibetan culture and identity.
Kalon also spoke on maintaining good health with preventative healthcare initiatives by the Department of Heath, concern on decreasing number of entry in SFF military post, CTA’s budget, revised women empowerment policy and clarifed the concerns on organizing the Tibetan womens day on 12 March.
On the middle way approach (MWA), Kalon informed on how the middle way approach policy was formulated, what is MWA and its benefits.
The MWA it is the most practical and realistic approach in resolving the issue of Tibet. The middle way approach is concieved with lots of delibration by His Holiness the Dalai Lama with various Tibet supporters, intellectuals, politicians and Tibetan officials. It is a win win solution for both parties. Further, he informed that President Obama during one of the press statement said that it is high time to resolve the issue of Tibet through dialogue.
Kalon informed the public on reforms in the Tibetan electrol rules with Kashag’s recommendation on one time election, which saves time, money and inbetween creating disharmony in the community.
Finally, spoke on CTA’s Tibet advocacy campaign year 2017 and year 2018 as the gratitude year.
In the evening Kalon visited one of the resident of camp four at Ganden Jangtse hospital, she was hospitilised due to diabiaties foot infection and even her eye sight was poor. She earned her living by collecting fire woods and selling it to the nearby monastery. She has two children, one girl studying in class twelve and a boy studying in class nine. Later Kalon visited their home in camp four where the childrens were there. The family lived in deplorable conditions. Kalon asked the settlement officer to make the necessary arrangement and provide relief assistance so that their living conditions can be improved.
On 15 April morning, Kalon left Bangalore and on the way visited the Institute of Small Trade and Learning (ISTL) centre, Neelmangla, Bangalore around 12.30 noon. Kalon inspected the ongoing training program and the facilities. After lunch, at 2 pm Kalon addreessed the students and asked the students to have aim, not to waste their time. Also, after the training, loans can be availed from Department of Home, CTA to start their own business, he said.
Kalon departed from Bangalore on 16 April and reached Delhi by flight.
– Report filed by Department of Home –
Tibetan Buddhist monks listening to Home Kalon.
Home Kalon speaking to monks at Mundgod.
Home Kalon visiting aged Tibetans in Mundgod.