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

Kalon Phagpa Tsering Labrang presenting the Précis 2018-19 Report of Department of Security (DoS)

Dharamsala: Chaired by Speaker Pema Jungney, today’s session commenced with the continuation of debate and discussion on reports of the Department of Education.

Following the list of business, Minister (Kalon) Phagpa Tsering Labrang presented the Précis 2018-19 Report of Department of Security (DoS), while review on the detailed annual report of DoS (2018-19) by Standing Committee of Tibetan Parliament-in-Exie (TPiE) was presented by Parliamentarian Dhondup Tashi Tsaneytsang.

Parliamentarian Dhondup Tashi Tsaneytsang tabling review on the detailed annual report of DoS (2018-19) by Standing Committee

Motion for debate on the 2018-19 Department of Security’s précis report and its review by Standing Committee was tabled by Parliamentarian Tsering Lhamo, and supported by Parliamentarian Dhondup Tashi Tsaneytsang.

Parliamentarian Tsering Lhamo tabling support to the motion for debate on DoS’s report

Subsequently, Minister (Kalon) Phagpa Tsering Labrang provided Cabinet’s (Kashag) answer and clarification that was followed by a general debate on all the reports under the jurisdiction of DoS and Cabinet’s (Kashag) answer/clarification.

During the discussion, Parliamentarians raised various questions concerning matters related to the Department of Security, to which Minister (Kalon) Phagpa Tsering Labrang provided requisite answers and clarifications

Sikyong Dr. Lobsang Sangay providing clarifications to the questions raised by the Parliamentarians

Thereafter, Sikyong Dr. Lobsang Sangay, incumbent Minister (Kalon) of Department of Information and International Relations presented the précis 2018-19 report of Department of Information and International Relations and Parliamentarian  Tenpa Yarphel presented the review of the detailed annual report of DIIR by the Standing Committee of TPiE.

Parliamentarian Tenpa Yarphel tabling review on the detailed annual report of DIIR (2018-19) by Standing Committee

Parliamentarian Geshe Monlam Tharchin tabled the motion for debate on the aforementioned reports and Parliamentarian Khenpo Kada Ngedhup Sonam supported the motion.

Parliamentarian Monlam Tharchin tabling motion for debate on the report of DIIR (2018-19)

Sikyong Dr. Lobsang Sangay provided the answer and clarifications to the questions and doubts raised in the reviewed report by the Standing Committee of TPiE.

Parliamentarian Khenpo Kada Ngedhup Sonam supporting the motion for debate on DIIR’s report

The discussion on the aforesaid reports of Department of Information and International Relations will continue in tomorrow’s session.

A six-member Indian journalist at Parliament hall during the 8th Session

Also a five-member Indian journalists from Dainik Jagran, Agra; Dainik Swadesh, Indore; Hindusthan Samachar, Noida; TV9 Bharatvarsh, Noida; Amar Ujala, Meerut; and a freelance journalist, who are associated with Tibetan Winter Sweater Business visited Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile as part of India Tibet Coordination Office (ITCO) annual media outreach program to provide them firsthand experience of Tibetan community in exile, the democratic set up of Central Tibetan Administration and its functionaries.

Speaker Pema Jungney Speaking to the group of 6 Indian Journalist

During their brief meeting with Speaker Pema Jungney in his office, Speaker elucidated the journalists on proceedings of Parliamentary Session, the evolution of Tibetan democratic polity, features of the unicameral system of TPiE, etc. Speaker presented them traditional scarfs and Hindi translated book of ‘Tibet: A Political History’ by Tsepon W.D. Shakabpa along with other publications from TPiE as a memento. The Journalist also presented souvenir to the Speaker.

The Speaker along with the members of the cabinet and members of Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile welcomed the journalists in the house at the ongoing session.