Leh, Ladakh: The President of the Central Tibetan Administration, Dr Lobsang Sangay met with Ms Anvy Lavasa, Deputy Commissioner/Chief Executive Officer of Leh, Mr Gyal P. Wangyal, Executive Councillor LAHDC, Tsering Dorjee, of Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC) and officials yesterday.
The meeting discussed 13 key challenges faced by the Tibetan community in Ladakh, where Dr Sangay requested the council for an earliest review and address of such.
The meeting expanded on the 463.95 Crore aid fund allocated by the Central Government Home Ministry’s Relief and Rehabilitation Committee for development projects in Jhangthang region. Upon Dr Sangay’s inquiry, Deputy Commissioner Ms Avny shared the visit of the joint secretary of the Home Ministry to Jhangthang and added that some of the plans under the development projects are being reviewed to ensure a sustainable development. she also added that once the fund is allocated to the related districts, the plans under the project will be carried out.
Dr Sangay also brought to attention the surveys done on the agricultural land of the Tibetan living in the Leh, Choglmasar and Agling area of Ladakh and requested for the earliest conduct of the particular survey in the Jhangthang region. He also requested for the official sanction of the land lease agreement for the Tibetans living in those areas.
During the meeting, councillor Gyal Wangyal highlighted the illegal sale of land allocated to Tibetans in the Choglamsar and Leh area. Considering this issue as serious and illegal, Dr Sangay assured the set up of a review committee by the CTA as suggested by the councillor to probe into the illegal land sale.
The president also shared at the meeting initiatives taken by the CTA since 2011 to curb illegal land sells and added that there is has been no such case since 2016 and further added CTA’s continued effort to notify the Tibetans that the CTA won’t aid any Tibetan faced with any legal cost and fines related to such illegal sale of Land.
Other highlights of the meeting included the rehabilitation of the Tibetan nomads from Machu and Chushul area to Leh and issues concerning the difficulties especially faced by the Tibetan nomads in Machu due to lack of grazing land for their livestock. Dr Sangay during the meeting requested for expansion of the loan scheme from the RBI to the Tibetan Co-operative Society to improve the livelihood of the Tibetan community Ladakh. He also expounded on the formalised Tibetan Rehabilitation Policy 2014 during the meeting.
At the meeting, Ms Anvy assured the implementation of schemes and plans in aid of the Tibetan community proposed by the government.
Dr Sangay expressed CTA’s solidarity and condolence over the recent passing of the CEC Councillor of LAHDC Dr Sonam Dawa Lonpo.
Acknowledging the support from the Government of India and its people, Dr Sangay highlighted the year-long Thank You India campaign and informed of the scheduled events that will be carried out in August in the Tibetan settlements and related offices across India.
President Dr Sangay presented CTA mementoes to the dignitaries, thanking them for their support towards the Tibetans in Ladakh and hailed the rich historical and cultural bond shared by the people of Ladakh and Tibet.
Dr Sangay was accompanied by Chief Representative Officer Tseten Wangchuk and Changthang Coordinator Dhondup Gyalpo.
-Filed by Tenzin Lhakmon, Communication Officer, Sikyong’s Office –