DHARAMSHALA: President of the Central Tibetan Administration Dr Lobsang Sangay and Finance Kalon Karma Yeshi today paid a courtesy visit to Shri Jairam Thakur, the new Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh at the circuit house in Dharamshala this morning.
The chief minister is accompanied by the Principal Secretary and several members of his cabinet including Shri Kishan Kapoor, Food, Civil Supplies & Consumer Affair Minister; Shmt Sarveen Chaudhary, Urban Development Minister; Shri Bikram Singh, Industries Minister; Shri Vipin Singh Parmar, Health and Family Welfare Minister; Shri Rajiv Saizal, Social Justice & Empowerment Minister among others. President Dr Sangay offered khataks (ceremonial Tibetan white scarves) to the ministers and a thangka (traditional Buddhist applique) to the chief minister.
Speaking to reporters following the meeting, President Dr Lobsang Sangay said: “We have just come to meet with and make a courtesy call with the new chief minister of Himachal Pradesh Shri Jairam Thakur ji.”
“He has a very inspiring background. And it was an honour to meet him. During the meeting, we conveyed our best wishes to him and wished Himachal Pradesh as a state and the new government the very best and peace and prosperity for all.”
“We also conveyed to him the best regards of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. His Holiness is very appreciative of the Himachal Pradesh government. The Chief Minister informed us that he also wants to call on His Holiness the Dalai Lama and I am going to relay the message to His Holiness the Dalai Lama today.”
Dr Sangay also expressed his gratitude to the people and government of Himchala Pradesh for hosting His Holiness the Dalai lama and the Central Tibetan Administration. “As I always say, the government and the people of India has done the most for Tibet and the Tibetan people especially Himachal Pradesh because this is where His Holiness the Dalai Lama has been residing for the last 50+ years and this is where the Central Tibetan Administration is based. It is the love and kindness of the people of Himchal Pradesh for which we remain eternally grateful,” he said.
Responding to questions regarding expectations from the new government, President Dr Lobsang Sangay said: “When I came here for the first time, there was a BJP government. And in between there was a Congress government and now again there is a BJP government.”
“The previous BJP governments have always supported the Tibetan people and we hope the support will continue. One of the ministers assured us that everything that needs to be done for the Tibetan people will be continued from the new government,” he expressed.
The meeting lasted for about 15 minutes.