NEW DELHI: Ministry of Home, Government of India has formalised the much awaited “Tibetan Rehabilitation Policy 2014”. Mr K. K. Pathak, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs, handed over the copy of the 7-page policy, dated 20th October 2014, along with annexure to Hon’ble Kalon Gyari Dolma of the Central Tibetan Administration.
The Tibetan rehabiliation policy is the outcome of number of meetings held between and among the officials of the Home Ministry, Ministry of External Affairs, concerned State Government and the delegation of the Central Tibetan Administration. For the last few months, major issues concerning the rehabilitation of Tibetan refugees and welfare were discussed and policy options debated and worked out.
This guideline has made a clear policy statement about the welfare of the Tibetans in India. Matter concerning land lease, extending Central and States benefits, are also specified. Policy guideline has also made clear policy statement that Tibetans may be allowed to undertake any economic activity and to that extent, relevant papers/trade license/permit may be issued to them.
It also says that Tibetan Refugees may also be permitted to pursue/take jobs in any field for which they are professionally qualified. These could be fields like nursing, teaching, Chartered Accountancy, medicine, engineering etc.
This policy guideline shall be send to all the States concerned, and the Tibetan Settlement officers shall also have a copy. The guideline is significant since the government of India has tried to set a uniform policy in all the States in dealing with the rehabilitation and welfare of the Tibetan refugees in India.
Kalon Gyari Dolma welcomed the Policy and thanked the Government of India, Ministry of Home Affairs and the Joint Secretary, for the clear and positive policy guidelines.
Mr. Sonam Topgyal Khorlatsang, Secretary of Department of Home, and Mr. Tsewang Gyalpo Arya, Secretary of Bureau of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, New Delhi accompanied Kalon Gyari Dolma during the meeting.