Fifth Day of the 8th Session of the 16th Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile

 

Kalon Dr. Pema Yangchen presenting precis 2018-19 annual report of Department of Education(DoE)

Dharamsala: Chaired by Speaker Pema Jungney, the fifth day of the 8th Session of the 16th Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile commenced with the continuation of the presentation of the précis 2018-19 annual report of the Department of Education by Kalon Dr. Pema Yangchen.

Parliamentarian Geshe Monlam Tharchin  presenting reviewed report on the detailed annual report of DoE by Standing Committee

Parliamentarian Ven. Geshe Monlam Tharchin presented the reviewed report on the detailed 2018-19 annual report of the Department of Education by the Standing Committee.

Parliamentarian Mr. Lobsang Dakpa tabled the motion for debate on the aforementioned department’s 2018-19 reports, which was supported by Parliamentarian Ms. Youdon Aukatsang.

Parliamentarian Mr. Lobsang Dakpa tables the motion for debate on DoE’s 2018-19 reports

Parliamentarian Youdon Aukatsang supporting motion for debate on DoE’s 2018-19 report

Following the Kashag’s (Cabinet) clarification by Kalon Dr. Pema Yangchen, discussion on the aforesaid reports of Department of Education was held.

In the discussion, Parliamentarians raised numerous questions concerning the education of Tibetan students studying in various Tibetan Schools, to which Kalon Dr. Pema Yangchen provided requisite clarification and answers.

Deputy Speaker addressing ICT US Members in the conference hall

International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) US Member Delegation consists of 9 ICT members and 2 staff, viz. Claus Radlberger, Ellynne Skove, Carol Currier, Eva Hynes, Karla Steele, Tania Makshinoff, Bruce Flenniken, Lia Flenniken, Ashton Douglass, Lesley Rich, and Tencho Gyatso visited Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile and were received by Deputy Speaker Acharya Yeshi Phuntsok in the Library cum Conference Hall.

During the brief meeting, he thanked them for their support and solicited them to strive for the successful implementation of Riga Action and Declaration in the US, which was adopted during the 7th World Parliamentarians’ Convention on Tibet in Riga, Latvia from 7-10 May 2019.

He spoke about the ongoing Parliamentary General Session, evolution of Tibetan democratic polity, and composition of Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile. He also explained the working of standing committee and its sections viz. Political, Administrative and Gyundrel (Finance).

He then briefed them on Tibetan parliamentary delegations’ visit to different countries to meet leaders, parliamentarians, and think tanks to advocate for Tibet’s cause and garner support for the same.

Deputy Speaker presented them publications from Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile like book on self-immolation, introductory brochure, WPCT Background book, Riga declaration and Riga Action Plan.

They were then ushered to the Parliamentary hall and accorded welcome by Speaker and the members inside the House.

International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) US Member Delegation in  Parliament hall during the session

Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile also welcomed R.S Yadav (working president and spokesperson of Delhi Samajwadi Party ), who was also accorded welcome by the Speaker and members inside the House, and had a brief meeting with the Deputy Speaker Acharya Yeshi Phuntsok in his office.

Deputy Speaker speaking to R.S Yadav, working president and spokesperson of Delhi Samajwadi Party

Deputy Speaker, during his meeting with R.S Yadav thanked him for his undying support for Tibetans and at the same time urged support from MPs of Samajwadi Party for Tibet’s issue. The spokesperson and working president of Delhi Samajwadi Party, R.S Yadav shared their plan of organizing a panel discussion on ‘Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia’s view on Tibet’ to raise awareness for Tibet issue.

Today’s session adjourned at 5pm.

R.S Yadav being welcomed at Parliament hall during the session