Home Kalon Sonam Topgyal Khorlatsang accompanied by Secretary Chhimey Rigzen of Department of Home, Central Tibetan Administration concluded their 14 day official visit to the most challenging and remote Tibetan settlements in Tuting followed by visits to the Tibetan settlements in Miao and Tezu in the state of Arunachal Pradesh on 31 January 2018.
On his maiden visit to the area, Kalon visited 15 out of 17 scattered Tibetan villages in Tuting area from 19 to 25 January to meet with the local Tibetans and assess their situations for any developmental projects specific to their needs. There are 204 Tibetan households with total population of 1063 people in these scattered villages in the area.
It was observed during these meetings that canal based irrigation system, terrace cutting for paddy farming and basic farm and transport equipment such as power tillers and tractors are some of the areas where external intervention is required. Besides, it was also observed that some of the Tibetan villagers are still living in rickety bamboo sheds and they are in dire need of proper renovation. The Tibetan population in the area also need an independent settlement office building, a primary health clinic and staff quarters for the Tibetan settlement officer and his subordinates. Apart from paddy farming, farmers see promising future in cultivation of cardamom in the area.
Following visits to Miao and Tezu Tibetan settlements, they left Tezu Tibetan settlement on 31 January for their next leg of the trip to visit the Tibetan settlements in Sikkim and Darjeeling areas to finally conclude their extended visits to the Northeastern Tibetan settlements on 9 February 2018.
– Report filed by Department of Home –