Seventh day of the sixth session of the sixteenth Tibetan Parliament-in-exile

Dharamsala: Chaired by Speaker Ven. Khenpo Sonam Tenphel, the seventh day of the sixth session of the 16th Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile commenced at 9:30 am.

This session saw lists of legislative bills, introduced to effect the amendment on electoral legislation introduced to the House on Sept 21’s list of business.

The official charter amendment bill proposed by the parliament was presented by Parliamentarian Ven. Geshe Lharampa Atuk Tsetan and Parliamentarian Mr. Lobsang Yeshi tabled his support.

Bill amendment proposed on Article II clause (i) regarding ‘Election and Right to Vote’ was passed unanimously as was the sub-clause (ix) and (xi) of Clause XXI regarding ‘Eligibility of Sikyong and Kalon’ while its sub-clause (x) was repealed and (xii) was pushed for a different day on the need for procurement of its amending bill.

The legislative bill regarding ‘Eligibility on the Member of Parliament’ Article V clause (viii) was passed unanimously while clause (ix) was deemed necessary to present an amending bill to it in order to effect the amendment, as was the clause (ii) of Article LXXIII titled ‘Officer Election’.

The legislative bill to repeal clause (iii) of Article LXXIX ‘Number of Local Assembly Members and Their Tenure’ was unanimously passed in the House.

Thereafter, Finance Kalon Mr. Karma Yeshi presented the official charter amendment bill as proposed by the Cabinet and Health Kalon Mr. Choechung Wangchuk tabled his support.

The aforementioned bill proposal, while going through its second reading, was subjected to detailed and minute examination with both the Ministers (Kalon) and legislatures tabling their opinions for and against the proposed bill. However, it failed to secure the votes of 2/3rd majority of the members present in the House and was subsequently, repealed.

Parliamentarian Mrs. Juchen Kunchok Chodon then presented the bill proposal on ‘Parliamentarian’s’ Honorarium, Daily Allowance(DA) and Other Benefits’ and Parliamentarian Mr. Dhondup Tashi Tsaneytsang tabled his support to the bill proposed. Clause (i) of Article VII of the same was passed with a unanimous agreement in the House.

The clause-by-clause consideration on the electoral legislative amendment’s second reading (part of Sept 21 agenda), either via unanimous agreement or via 2/3rd majority of the members present, subsequently followed. The part of it shall continue in the list of business of the next sitting.

The House also welcomed six executive members of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), who was received by Deputy Speaker Ven. Acharya Yeshi Phuntsok in his cabin. He briefed the members on the Tibet issues and the urgent situation inside Tibet. He also presented them with publications related to Tibet issue.

The House adjourned at 7 pm till the 9:30 am of the next day.