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tibet-karnataka-stateBangalore: - Kalon Gyari Dolma, accompanied by Mr.Sonam Topgyal, Secretary, DOH, and Mr.TashiPhuntsok, Chief Representative, Bangalore, met with Chief Minister and former Chief Minister of Karanataka and also the Chairman of Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission (KERC) in Bangalore.

Shri D V SadanandaGowda, Chief Minister, hosted the delegation for a breakfast meeting at Krishna - his official residence on April 23. The meeting lasted for an hour. A very fruitful discussion occurred prior to the arrival of the Chief Minister with Dr. S. M. Jaamdar, Principal Secretary to the Department of Home, Karnataka. Dr.Jaamdar participated in the meeting with the chief minister as well.

Kalon Gyari Dolma thanked the Chief Minister for his government's recent sanction of Rs 225 lakhs for water, road repair and electricity problem in the Tibetan settlements in Karnataka. She informed that it would go a long way in alleviating the basic and urgent civic amenities of the Tibetans. She further requested the release of the remaining projected estimates as the awarded funds would only give partial relief.

The issues of assistance for increasing the agriculture productivity of the farmers, assistance to the Tibetan Co-operative Societies, RTC and ration card were also raised. The Chief Minister was most gracious and promised to extend all the assistance for Tibetans and made special commitment to support the establishment of milk processing unit (Dairy).

In the evening, the delegation met with Mr. B. S Yeddyrappa, former Chief Minister of Karnataka at his Race Course Road residence. She recalled their meeting in 2009 and thanked him for the steps he had taken to help the Tibetans during his tenure.

She informed him that she had met with the Chief Minister and had submitted request for further assistance for Tibetans. She urged him to use his good offices to bring fruition to the request. Mr.Yeddyrappa assured her that he would do everything possible to enable Tibetans to have basic amenities in the settlements.

The meeting with Mr.Sreenivasa Murthy, Chairman, KERC on April 24 morning was most fruitful. Nangsi Kalon thanked for the recent grant of Rs 54.8 lakhs for Tibetan settlement in Mundgod and discussed about similar relief for Tibetan settlements of Bylakuppe, Gurupura and Kollegal.

It was informed that certain fund was already in the pipe line for release of Bylakuppe and that Dr. Bore, Managing Director, Chamundeshwari Electricity Supply Corporation Ltd. in Mysore has kindly decided to inspect personally Gurupura and Kollegal and do the necessary.

NangsiKalon reiterated her invitation for him to visit Tibetan settlements to which he expressed his happiness to accept and decided to schedule the dates with Chief Representative later.

NangsiKalon's short but useful meeting was co-ordinated by the Office of Chief Representative, Bangalore. The Office also gave instructions to Representatives in Gurupura and Kollegal to liaise with Dr. Bore in Mysore to schedule his visits to the respective settlements to investigate the needs for the power supply relief.

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