Fourth Day of the 7th Session of the 16th Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile

Parliamentarian Mr. Dawa Tsering

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.

Sikyong Dr. Lobsang Sangay replying to the starred question

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.

Kalon Mr. Karma Yeshi, Minister of Finance providing clarification against the doubts and questions raised by Parliamentarians

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.

Mr. Topgyal Tsering Zongkha, newly appointed Kalon

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.

Parliamentarian Mr. Karma Gelek, member of Budget Estimate Committee

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.  

Election of new Kalon (Minister)

Election of new Kalon (Minister)