There are five main divisions:
- Revenue Division
- Expenditure Division
- Welfare/Fund Raising Division.
- Project Division
- ADMINISTRATION DIVISION:
This section looks after the administrative issues pertaining to Departmental and individual levels. It liaisons for intra and inter Departments of Central Tibetan Administration. It is the most important division, which is responsible for managing, planning and executing all the support services within Department. It also looks after the welfare of the staff, overall administration management, staff job allocation & description and CTA’s overall stationery management. Under the administration division, there are two sections directly managed and supervised by the administration. They are:
- CTA Staff Mess:
CTA staff mess provides catering services to the CTA staff on subsidize rate; however, it provides only lunch facilities during office time. Currently, there are six staff including a staff mess manager who oversees day to day operations of the mess.
- TAWS Gas:
TAWS Gas services were managed by the Department of Finance with the aim of providing gas cylinder and stove services to Tibetans and locals around Dharamsala. It is one of the registered bodies under the Indian gas distribution agency.
- REVENUE DIVISION:
Within the revenue division, there are three sections which deal with generating CTA revenue for various projects. They are:
- Chartel Section: (Also known as voluntary contribution)
To look after the present and future welfare of the Tibetan people, a firm and stable Administration is important. Therefore a mass movement to voluntarily contribute to CTA was started in early 1972. A group of devoted Tibetans at Sarnath, Varanasi, spearheaded the movement and on July 30, 1972, a unanimous resolution to form Tibetan Freedom Movement and contribute to CTA was passed. As on August 1, 1972, the voluntary contribution by all the Tibetans spread across all pockets of Tibetan refugees’ settlements and communities. Subsequently, on the basis of the resolution, the 11th Assembly of Tibetan People`s Deputy adopted a bill to contribute voluntary contribution (Chatrel) on a regular basis and tariff.
By contributing voluntary contribution to CTA, it signifies the allegiance of Tibetans to the Central Tibetan Administration as their legitimate Government and rejection of Chinese occupation.
- Data Section:
Under the promulgation of the Central Tibetan Administration charter, every Tibetan above the age of six years has the right to possess the Green Book and this office firmly discharges its main task to issue Green Book to each and every individual Tibetan legitimate claim of being the subject under the Central Tibetan Administration. This office meticulously manages a comprehensive database of green book holders so as to accurately verify the identity of any Tibetan refugee and also to eliminate any data redundancy. In recent years upgraded new green books have nine alphanumeric characters indicating the country code and the digital numbers with the latest technologies.
Green Book has been recognised by international governments for its authenticity and it is the duty of every individual to preserve this sanctity. We firmly request each and everyone to make sure of having a Green book by contributing your yearly contribution and possessing a valid Green book. Make sure to have nine digits alphanumeric Green book.
- Blue Book:
The Blue Book, or the Tibetan Solidarity Partnership, was launched in 1996. The Blue Book seeks to reach out to the friends of Tibet around the world whose support is crucial to help resolve the issue of Tibet. Tibetans are engaged in a life-and-death struggle to preserve their culture and restore freedom in Tibet. This program enables friends of Tibet to make annual financial contributions to help support the various educational, cultural, developmental and humanitarian activities of the CTA. Any person, irrespective of their nationality, can apply for Blue Book. Your participation in this project and obtaining the Blue Book signifies your solidarity and support to help resolve the issue of Tibet.
- BUDGET DIVISION
1. Budget Section
Central Tibetan Administration budgetary cycle follows one of the comprehensive and institutionalized procedures. This section holds a vital role in the CTA`s budgetary cycle, including planning, coordination and supervision. It monitors the expenditure flow from the allocated budget of each Department and maintains its overall account. It is also responsible for monitoring the fiscal position of the CTA and it regulates the flow of revenue to the Administration.
2. Expenditure Section:
It monitors the compliance of the expenditures of the departments with the budget allocation and Central Tibetan Administration policies. It determines the salary structures of CTA employees and it also offers recommendations on additional dearness allowance from time to time to the administration. It is also responsible for the determination and disbursement of retirement benefits to the retired CTA Staff.
- Vehicle Management:
All the CTA’s official vehicles were managed and maintained by the Department of Finance under the budget division. The annual maintenance, approvals and budgets for the vehicle were managed and supervised by the Department under this section.
- WELFARE & FUND RAISING DIVISION:
Under the welfare and fundraising division, all the registered bodies of the Department come under this section which is responsible for overseeing their related projects keeping in view the objectives of the registration. They are:
A. His Holiness the Dalai Lama Charitable Trust (HHDLCT):
His Holiness the Dalai Lama Charitable Trust is the first registered body under Indian Trust Act on January 20, 1964, at Calcutta, whose registration was later in 1978, shifted to New Delhi. During the critical juncture of the Tibetan arriving in exile, His Holiness the Dalai Lama was always desirous of taking care of the needs of the Tibetan people and registered his Trust to meet the relief of the poor, education, medical aid and advancement of other objects of general public utility including religious purpose.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama Charitable Trust has been actively engaged since its inception. It adhered to its main aims and objectives to uplift the most downtrodden, destitute and needy people in general and particularly the Tibetan refugee community. The trust supports numerous Socio-economic activities to fulfil the needs of the people by extending relief measures, health, education and preservation of the Environment.
Aims and Objectives:
- – To provide aid for the propagation and advancement of education and learning.
- – To provide medical aid relief.
- – To provide relief to the poor, destitute and homeless.
- – To provide aid for the advancement of any other public charitable or religious purpose.
- – To establish, open, maintain and run schools, colleges, institutions and boarding houses and houses of residence of pupils and teachers,
- – To establish, open, maintain and run hospitals, dispensaries, clinics and houses of residence for staff, run sanatoria housing for the poor, and support public temples and religious institutions.
- – To make donations or subscriptions to any society, institution, trust, or organisation, whether charitable or religious, for the advancement or promotion of objects as contemplated above.
Present Board of Trustees:
- Penpa Tsering, Chairman
- Jetsun Pema Trustee
- Ven Geshe Lhakdor Trustee
- Ven Geshe Ngawang Samten Trustee
- Desang Tsering Trustee
B. Tibetan Administration`s Welfare Society:
Tibetan Administration`s Welfare Society (TAWS) is a non-profit organisation founded on February 22, 1988, and registered under the Societies Registration Act, XXI of 1860 in Delhi. The basic aim and objective of the society is to promote the overall development of the Tibetan refugees living in India.
Aims & Objectives:
- – Enhance the living condition of Tibetan refugees in India.
- – Enhance religious harmony and understanding.
- – Create employment and facilitate self-reliance of Tibetan refugees.
- – Promote traditional Tibetan medicines and handicrafts.
- – Assist victims of natural calamities and other disasters.
- – Work with charitable and voluntary agencies on projects and programs contributing to the social development of Tibetan refugees in India.
- – Make financial contributions toward the promotion of education, health, culture, rehabilitation, and public information for the benefit of the Tibetan refugees in India.
Current Governing Body members:
- Penpa Tsering, Chairperson
- Tenzin Legdup, Member Secretary
- Tsewang Dolma Shosur, Member
- Palden Dhondup, Member
- Jigmey Namgyal, Member
- Chime Tseyang, Member
- Namgyal Gendun, Member
C. SOCIAL AND RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT FUND.
The Social and Resource Development Fund (SARD) was established in October 1997 and registered under the Societies Registration Act, XXI of 1860 in Dharamsala. It supports ongoing developments of the Tibetan community and improves the livelihood of those Tibetans who desperately need help.
SARD works to raise funds for the Integrated Development Plan of CTA and individual projects of various departments of CTA. It seeks grants from International governments for the sustainable development of the community. It coordinates between the donor agencies and implementing agencies with project planning, management, monitoring and evaluation to ensure effective implementation and sustained benefits from the project interventions.
Under SARD, there is a separate sub-section called the Monitoring & Evaluation Section (M&E), which is responsible for overseeing the projects funded under SARD and providing necessary reports which would help the donors to understand the progress of the project. It provides an on-ground monitoring report and evaluates the necessary suggestions needed for each project.
- – To assist the socio-economic rehabilitation of the Tibetans in exile with the goal of making them self-sufficient.
- – To support education, health and environmental awareness and employment programs in the community.
- – To help preserve and promote Tibetan religion, culture, arts and crafts, and to make the world aware of these disappearing cultures and the importance of their preservation.
- – To generate income for the Emergency fund that provides support to the poorest in the community.
- – To support the development of democracy and democratic culture in the Tibetan Community, which looks forward to a Tibet where everyone will live in harmony with each other and with the natural environment.
Current Governing body members:
- Penpa Tsering, Chairman
- Tenzin Legdup, Member Secretary
- Chimey Rigzin Choekyapa, Member
- Yeshi Wangmo, Member
- Tenzin Norsang Member
5) PROJECT DIVISION:
Department of Finance also implements various projects which are directly beneficial for Tibetans, such as Entrepreneurship Development, Women Empowerment, Financing Services and opportunities for Voluntary services within CTA. They are:
- Tibetan Entrepreneurship Development (TED):
TED is one of the initiatives of the Department of Finance, which provides end-to-end business development services to Tibetan entrepreneurs in India and Nepal. It also aims to build an enabling ecosystem for Tibetans. By linking Tibetans to global entrepreneurship trends and by accelerating their access to value-add networks and focused patient capital in a variety of sectors, TED aims to unleash the economic and social impact of Tibetan entrepreneurs on the Tibetan Diaspora’s sustainability. Through its focus on entrepreneurship education at schools and across the Tibetan settlements in India, TED will leverage the demonstrated capability and affinity of Tibetans to start new ventures to transform them into enterprises that are capable of competing with non-Tibetan start-ups and businesses and capture market share within Tibetan communities and outside alike. As the next generation of Tibetans come to the forefront in leadership positions within the exile community, it has become imperative for CTA to evolve and become competitive in its services. The development of Tibetan Entrepreneurship Development (TED) is recommended as one of the major avenues for pivoting paradigm-shifting and sustainable change.
- Women Empowering Desk (WED):
In 2008 the Central Tibetan Administration adopted the first-ever Tibetan Women’s Empowerment policy with the objective of enabling Tibetan women and girls to participate as equal partners in all socio-economic and political activities. In 2017 the policy was revised and enhanced to better enable Tibetan women to fully participate and contribute to Tibetan society and the world. The Women’s empowerment desk of CTA was established to implement this policy and to achieve these goals. The main objective of the Women’s Empowerment Desk (WED) is to build a gender-just and inclusive Tibetan community. We work to ensure that all the CTA programs are gender inclusive, where women, men and others participate and benefit equally. Women’s Empowerment Desk has been associated with organising different programs and projects over the years. Some of the key initiatives include training and workshops on Gender sensitivity, women’s empowerment, women’s leadership, sexual and reproductive health, legal empowerment, and economic empowerment. They also did a Research and development study on the status of Tibetan women & girls and gender equity. It also aims to Strengthen CTA’s capacity to address key issues facing Tibetan women and girls.
- Gang-Jong Development Finance Private Limited (GDF):
Gang-Jong Development Finance Private Limited was incorporated on 27th November 2017 as an unlisted company registered with the Registrar of Companies in the state of Himachal Pradesh (HP). The registered office of the company is located at Gangchen Kyishong, Dharamshala, Kangra, HP 176215, India. The Company is registered with the Reserve Bank of India for carrying on business as a Non-Banking Finance Company (Non-Deposit Taking). Gang-Jong will aim to provide need-based and competitively priced loan products to micro and small enterprises, a community of small businessmen and entrepreneurs in hill stations and tourist areas by understanding their financial needs, and repaying capacity. Apart from providing loans, Gang-Jong will provide consulting, training and support services to the constituent clients.
- Tibet Corps (Volunteer Services):
Tibet Corps is also one of the Department of Finance projects which offers Tibetan professionals, university students, and retirees an opportunity and platform to serve the Tibetan community through voluntary service. The program seeks to inspire Tibetans to strengthen the community, its institutions and the Central Tibetan Administration. The overall goal is to mobilize professionals, both active and retired and young leaders in the Tibetan refugee community and diaspora as a skilled voluntary workforce. It seeks to create a knowledgeable community that will support the development of a vibrant, resilient and stronger Tibetan movement, poised to serve Tibet and Tibetans for generations. Service opportunities are available with host institutions within the CTA campus in Dharamsala, clinics, schools and settlement offices located across India and Nepal, as well as with organisations affiliated with the CTA.