OBITUARY: Kasur Dawa Tsering
Wednesday, 3 January 2007, 10:14 a.m.
The Central Tibetan Administration mourns the demise of Kasur Dawa Tsering after a prolonged illness in the United States.
The former Finance Kalon breathed his last on 31 December 2006. He was in his late 50’s.
As a mark of respect, the departments and offices of the Administration remained closed yesterday afternoon, following an hour-long prayer session at 2 P.M.
Kasur Dawa Tsering has a long trajectory of nearly four decades of dedicated service to the Administration.
He was among the first batch of high school students to graduate from the Central School for Tibetans at Mussoorie.
After obtaining his BA from the Delhi University, he was in 1972 deputed to the office of Lugsung Tibetan settlement at Bylakuppe as an office secretary.
He was inducted into the Tibetan civil service in 1976, when he was deputed as the head of Multi-purpose Tibetan Cooperative Society at the Phuntsokling settlement in Orissa state.
In 1981, he joined the Finance Department as a deputy secretary, and was later promoted to the post of acting secretary, and then to the secretary of that department.
In 1991, His Holiness the Dalai Lama nominated him as the chairman of the Public Service Commission, an autonomous office of the Administration.
In September 1991, he became a member of then 10th Kashag, and held the portfolio of the Kalon for Finance Department.
From October 1996 to April 1999, he served as the representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama at the Office of Tibet in New York.
Since he left the Office of Tibet, he had been with the Voice of America.
Kasur Dawa Tsering is survived by his wife and two sons.