Dharamshala: Responding to the catastrophic second wave of coronavirus unfolding in India, the Tibetan diaspora, under the leadership of the Kashag, has sprung into quick action by donating a total sum of 5 crore rupees to the Government of India’s emergency fund known as the PM CARES fund.
These contributions made by Tibetans from all over the world were collected through respective Settlement offices based in India and Offices of Tibet in 13 countries in a short span of 2 weeks.
Lauding the generous contributions of the diaspora community, President Dr Lobsang Sangay said that under the Kashag’s leadership, a total of 5 crores has been raised by Tibetans across North America, Europe, Australasia, Taiwan, India, Nepal and Bhutan through the respective Offices of Tibet and Settlement Offices for the GOI’s emergency fund.
The contribution, he said, is a token of the Tibetan people’s deep gratitude to the government and people of India who have provided a safe haven for Tibetan refugees for the last over six decades and most importantly hosted the Tibetan spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the exile Tibetan Administration.
President of the Central Tibetan Administration Sikyong Dr Lobsang Sangay on 12 May addressed the Tibetan community across the world virtually via Tibet TV on the occasion of the first day of ‘Saka Dawa’ and ‘International Nurses Day’, expressing his heartfelt appreciation for the hardwork of the frontline workers led by healthcare workers and settlement CTA staff at the forefront of the pandemic fight.
Sharing his highest regard for essential workers, especially healthcare workers and teachers, he commended their relentless service amidst the unprecedented challenges and urged them to continue to dedicate their efforts.
Extending support to their efforts, he announced a sum of INR 5000 in honorarium for healthcare workers from Kashag’s budget.
He also announced that the average pay of CTA staff in line with the 5-year pay raise has been raised by 15.2%.
Table showing contributions from individual departments and autonomous bodies under CTA
|Sl. no.||Individual Departments||Amount in INR|
|1||Supreme Justice Commission||13,733.00|
|4||Department of Religion & Culture||16,167.00|
|5||Department of Home-led Settlement offices||8,673,849.00|
|6||Department of Finance||53,863.00|
|7||Department of Education||1,409,561.98|
|8||Department of Security||33,068.00|
|9||Department of Information & International Relations-led Regional Offices of Tibet||43,651,298.81|
|10||Department of Health||177,399.00|
|11||Election Commission and Public Service Commission||12,496.00|
|Total Amount in INR||54,153,583.79|
Table showing the donations made by Tibetan communities across the world to the PM CARES fund through the respective Offices of Tibet.
|Serial number||Regional Offices of Tibet||Amount in local currency|
|1||Office of Tibet, New Delhi||25,854.00 INR|
|2||Office of Tibet, Washington-DC||293,037.00 USD|
|3||Office of Tibet, Geneva||141,022.76 CHF|
|4||Office of Tibet, London||8,574.97 GBP|
|5||Tibet Information Office, Canberra||53,745.33 AUD|
|6||Office of Tibet, Tokyo||655,959.00 JPY|
|7||Office of Tibet, Kathmandu||74,920.00 NPR|
|8||Office of Tibet, Moscow||94,500.00 RUB|
|9||Office of Tibet, Brussels||45,530.49 EUR|
|10||Office of Tibet, Pretoria||6,214.00 ZAR|
|11||Office of Tibet, Taipei||1,208,435.00 TWD|
|12||Tibet House, Brazil||403.00 BRL|