Dharamshala -- The Central Tibetan Administration's Department of Home concluded its tenth annual meeting of Tibetan Settlement Officers on July 16th. The four day summit was held at the Tibetan Reception Center in Dharamshala and was attended by over 44 settlement officers from across India, Nepal and Bhutan.
The workshop was attended by notable officials, special guests and speakers including Sikyong Kalon Dolma Gyari, Mr. Tempa Tsering, Education Kalon Mr. Ngodup Tsering, Health Kalon Dr. Tsering Wangchuk, Home Kalon Dolma Gyari, Home Secretary Mr. Sonam T. Khorlatsang.
Sikyong Dr. Lobsang Sangay, the democratically elected Prime Minister of the Tibetan administration, also addressed the attendees, expressing immense pleasure over the success of this annual meeting.
He added that the present Kashag believes that settlement officers have left no stone unturned in dealing with public grievance and problems. He further added that settlement officers are representatives of the CTA and have a huge responsibility, and the constant commitment and dedication is highly appreciated by the Kashag.
"By the grace of His Holiness the Dalia Lama and also with dedication and sincerity of elders in our community we should feel proud to stand out from the rest of refugees spread over the world for being successful in preserving our religion, culture and language for over 56 years of refugee in exile".
Additionally, he highlighted the growing importance of Tibet's international status and positive development. He included the recent example of the European Union's president urging China, for the first time, to resume dialogue and negotiations with His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
The meeting concluded with a performance of Tibetan cultural song and dance by the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts to honor the settlement officers during a farewell dinner.