Dharamshala: Chaired by Speaker Pema Jungney, the 8th session of the 16th Tibetan Parliament concluded following 10 days of comprehensive deliberations and presentation on the annual work reports of the seven departments of the Central Tibetan Administration.
The session convened with the continued discussion on the report of Department of Information and International Relations (DIIR), Sikyong Dr. Lobsang Sangay, incumbent Kalon of Department of Information and International Relations (DIIR) provided requisite answers and clarifications to the questions raised by the Parliamentarians.
Following which, Health Kalon Choekyong Wangchuk presented the Précis 2018-19 Report of Department of Health (DoH) and the review on detailed annual report of DoH (2018-19) by Standing Committee of Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile (TPiE) was presented by Parliamentarian Tenpa Yarphel, and supported by Parliamentarian Khenpo Sonam Tenphel.
Thereafter, Health Kalon provided requisite answers and clarifications to the questions raised by the Parliamentarians.
Speaker Pema Jungney delivered the concluding remarks particularly referring to the proposal of nine official resolutions of mourning to condole the demise of former members of Tibetan Parliament in exile Thupten Nyima, Kunchok Norbu and Pema Tsewang; former Security Kalon Donga Tenzin, former U.S Senator Richard Lugar, former Chief Minister of Delhi Smt. Sheila Dikshit, former Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh Babulal Gaur, former member of Lok Sabha Ram Chandra Paswan and former union minister Ram Jethmalani. The parliament also unanimously proposed an official resolution of solidarity with the sufferings of Tibetans inside Tibet.
Speaker also called for collective responsibility of Tibetans around the world to maintain harmony within community and to dispel emergence of any internal conflict. Meanwhile, Speaker appealed all Tibetans to renew their efforts – in their own capacities – to contribute towards the preservation and promotion of the rich Tibetan linguistic heritage, beginning at home within the family to schools, institutions and organisations. Furthermore, Speaker called for new and enhanced approach to aid the needs of those underprivileged and disabled.
The speaker further reminded the parliamentarians that they are oath-bound to work in the interest of the Tibetan people and urged them to maintain accountability in the work particularly when the parliamentarians are on official tour.
Finally, Speaker expressed his appreciation and applauded the wholehearted participation of the parliamentarians in the discussions and thanked the Public Accounts Committee, concerned departments, and staff for their assiduous work.