Dharamsala: Chaired by Speaker Mr. Pema Jungney, the fourth day of the seventh session of the 16th Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile commenced with the Question-Hour, which is devoted to the questions raised by member of the parliament on any aspect of administrative activity of the concerned department.
Parliamentarian Mr. Dawa Tsering read out his two starred questions for Sikyong Dr. Lobsang Sangay. Sikyong gave the necessary reply to the concerned parliamentarian as well as to the supplementary questions raised by other members of the parliament.
Today’s session saw the election of a new Kalon as per the list of business. In accordance with the provisions in Article 22 of the Charter of Tibetans-in-Exile, Sikyong Dr. Lobsang Sangay presented Mr. Togyal Tsering Zongkha, Secretary of the Kashag Secretariat. Due to the absence of unanimous approval, Speaker called for vote on the candidate. Following a majority vote with 21 against 18 and 2 blank votes and 1null vote, he was thereby, approved as the new Kalon by the members of the 16th Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile.
The session proceeded with debate and approval of 2019-2020 proposed budgets of offices of Tibet under Department of Information and International Relations viz., Tibet Bureau, Geneva and The Office of Tibet, London until the Session break for Lunch at 12:30 pm.
Thereafter, the session resumed at 1:30 pm with debates and approvals of 2019-2020 proposed budgets of The Tibet House Trust, London; Tibet Information Office, Canberra; Liaison Office of the H.H. the Dalai Lama, Tokyo and Tibetan Refugee Welfare Office, Kathmandu.
The house also debated and sanctioned proposed budgets of Tibetan Culture and Information Centre, Moscow; Bureau du Tibet, Brussels; Bureau de Tibet, Paris; the Office of Tibet, Pretoria; Tibet Religious Foundation of H.H. the Dalai Lama, Taipei; Tibet House, Brazil; Offices of the Regional Tibetan Freedom Movement; Election Commission and Public Service Commission
The house adjourned at 5:00 pm until 9:30 am of the next day.