-Filed by Chief Representative Office, Bangalore
Thiruvanthapuram, Kerala: Chief Representative Chophel Thupten, South Zone, Central Tibetan Administration today met with Kerala state government officials in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala to express CTA’s support for and solidarity with the people and government of Kerala; also to make a financial contribution towards relief and rebuilding efforts in the state.
Chophel Thupten, Chief Representative, CTA South Zone, India, on behalf of the Kashag, officially handed over a cheque of Rs 5 lacs to Kerala state government’s Honourable Industries Minister Shri EP Jayarajan, who is charged with officially receiving contributions to the Kerala Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund. Earlier this month, President Dr Lobsang Sangay, Central Tibetan Administration had announced a contribution of Rs 5 Lacs (INR 500,000) towards Kerala Chief Minister’s disaster relief fund.
“In the aftermath of the widespread devastation caused by the worst floods in a century, the Kashag has delegated me to personally meet with Kerala state government officials to extend the Tibetan people and the CTA’s heartfelt support and sincere prayers for the people of Kerala,” Thupten told hon Minister Jayarajan.
Minister Jayarajan, in turn, expressed his appreciation for the CTA’s contribution to the state’s relief efforts. He also expressed his gratitude to the Kashag for personally delivering message of support and prayers for the people and government of Kerala in this difficult time. He informed the Tibetan delegation that the state has suffered a death toll of over 400 people and destruction of over 1 lac homes due to the flood.
In expression of hope and prayers for the restoration of normal life for the people of Kerala, Thupten quoted His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s teaching that emphasizes the duty that each of us, as one of the 7 billion people in the world, have in bringing about some benefit to humanity. In these trying times for Kerala, the CTA offers our sincere support and prayers for the people and state government of Kerala, Thupten told Kerala state government officials at the meeting.
During the meeting with Kerala Industries Minister Shri Jayarajan, Thupten introduced key members of the Tibetan families living in Kerala and brought their issues to the attention of the Kerala state government. Chief Representative Chophel Thupten had previously met with more than a dozen Tibetan families residing in Varkala, Kerala to take a stock of the situations faced by local Tibetans.