June 22, 2017
Published By Jamphel Shonu

CTA dignitary seating arrangement at official functions prior to the revised arrangement

DHARAMSHALA: The Kashag issued a circular dated June 21 announcing a revised seating arrangement for the President, Chief Justice Commissioner, Speaker of Tibetan Parliament and other senior officials of the Central Tibetan Administration during official ceremonies and functions.

The circular stated: “Since the complete devolution of political authority by His Holiness the Dalai Lama to a democratically-elected Kalon Tripa on 8 August 2011, the entire political and administrative affairs are being handled by an elected leadership. As a result, due amendments to that effect were made to the Charter of the Tibetan people in exile.”

“Similarly, changes in the seating arrangement protocol for members of the Tibetan leadership during official ceremonies and functions were also found necessary. However, except for suggestions and discussions on the same, a formal change was not mandated till now.”

“Recently, the Kashag of the Central Tibetan Administration on 17 April 2017 instituted a three-member committee composed of one secretary and two former Secretaries  to review the existing seating arrangement system. Following an in-depth assessment, the committee came out with a report on 8 June 2017 recommending certain changes in the existing seating arrangement protocol during official ceremonies and functions.”

“The Kashag accepted the recommendations and formally announced the changes, urging all concerned authorities to raise awareness about the same.”

Speaking to Tibet TV,  Secretary of Kashag Topgyal Tsering Zongkha explained the changes and said that the ammendment in the new seating arrangement was an imperative since the devolution of political authorities of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to an elected political leadership. The change evinces the seminal role and importance of President’s position.”

“Irrespective of who comes to hold the post of CTA President (Sikyong) in the future, as the head of the Central Tibetan Administration he/ she will be deemed holding the pivotal position and shouldering of responsibilities.”

Protocol According to New Seating Arrangement:

  1. President of Central Tibetan Administration
  2. Chief Justice Commissioner
  3. Speaker of Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile
  4. Deputy Speaker of Tibetan parliament-in-Exile
  5. Justice Commissioners
  6. Kalons
  7. Former Sikyong and Kalon Tripa
  8. Former Chief Justice Commissioners
  9. Former Speaker of Tibetan Parliament
  10. Former Deputy Speaker of Tibetan Parliament
  11. Former Justice Commissioners
  12. Former Kalons
  13. Lha Gyari Trichen (when not in costume)
  14. Yabshi family members
  15. Election Commissioner
  16. Commissioner of Public Service Commission
  17. Auditor General
  18. Additional Election Commissioners
  19. Members of the Public Service Commission
  20. Former Heads of the Autonomous bodies
  21. Members of Tibetan Parliament
  22. Former members of Tibetan Parliament
  23. Medium of Nechung oracle
  24. Secretary of Gaden Phodrang office
  25. Kashag Secretary
  26. Parliamentary Secretary
  27. Secretary of Tibetan Supreme Justice Commission
  28. Secretary of Department of Religion and Culture
  29. Secretary of Department of Home
  30. Secretary of Department of Finance
  31. Secretary of Department of Education
  32. Secretary of Department of Security
  33. Secretary of Department of Information and International Relations
  34. Secretary of Department of Health
  35. Secretary of Public Service Commission
  36. Secretary of Office of the Auditor General
  37. Other Secretaries according to seniority
  38. Offices of Tibet
  39. Bureau of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, New Delhi
  40. Office of Tibet, Washington DC
  41. Office of Tibet, Nepal
  42. Office of Tibet, Switzerland
  43. Office of Tibet, Tokyo
  44. Office of Tibet, London
  45. Office of Tibet, Brussels
  46. Office of Tibet, Russia
  47. Office of Tibet, Australia
  48. Office of Tibet, South Africa
  49. Office of Tibet, Taiwan
  50. Office of Tibet, South America
  51. Guests (to be seated along with members of Tibetan Parliament)
  52. Retired Secretaries
  53. Additional Secretaries
  54. Personal physicians of His Holiness the Dalai Lama (to be seated along with Members of Tibetan Parliament)
  55. Medium of Gadhong oracle
  56. Medium of Lamo Tsangpa oracle
  57. Medium of Tsering Chenga Oracle
  58. Medium of Nyenchen Thangla oracle
  59. Chairman of Tibetan Sowa Rigpa Association
  60. Director of Sambhota Tibetan Schools Society
  61. President of TCV
  62. Director of Tibetan Medical and Astrological Institute
  63. Director of LTWA
  64. Director of TIPA
  65. Administrator of Delek Hospital
  66. Chairman of Norbulingka
  67. Joint Secretaries along with serving and retired staff of CTA to be seated according to designation. Settlement officer of Dharamshala to be seated here with staff.
  68. Principals and Rectors of Schools under Department of Education



  1. Chancellor of CUTS, Director of Tibet House, Delhi, Dapon  (brigadier) of SFF, General Secretary of THF Mussorrie, are not included in the list as they are based outside Dharamshala. However, if they are present, they will be seated with members of Tibetan Parliament. TCV Upper and Lower are included as they are based in Dharamshala.
  2. During ceremonies, CTA president, Chief Justice Commissioner and Justice Commissioners, Kalons and senior officials will be seated on the right.
  3. On the left will be seated Speaker and Deputy Speaker of Tibetan Parliament, Medium of Nechung oracle, serving members of Tibetan parliament, Guests, Medium of Gadhong oracle, Medium of Lamo Tsangpa oracle, Medium of Tsering Chenga Oracle, Medium of Nyenchen Thangla oracle, Chancellor of CUTS, Director of Tibet House, Dapon of SFF, General Secretary of THF, Principals and Rectors of Schools under DoE, manager of Sherig Parkhang, CEO and Chairman of FTCI, Chairman of local Tibetan assemblies, special guests.
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