Mumbai: In continuation with the Tibetan parliamentary delegation visit to Mumbai, Maharastra to advocate for Tibet and its issues, the delegation comprising of Parliamentarians Ms. Youdon Aukatsang, Ms. Yeshi Dolma, Ven. Geshe Lharampa Gowo Lobsang Phende and Mr. Kunchok Yarphel met with Honourable Chief Minister Shri Devendra Fadnavis on October 3 at Mantralaya Mumbai. In attendance with the delegation were Mr. Chophel Thupten, Chief Representative South Zone and Mr. Gonpo, Tibetan Settlement Officer, Norgeyling Tibetan Settlement, Bandara, Gondia District, Maharastra.
They presented the Chief Minister with the Tibetan Parliamentary Secretariat’s souvenir and briefed him on issues affecting Tibet and Tibetans. Parliamentarian Ms. Youdon Aukatsang, head of the delegation extended an invitation to Dharamshala on behalf of Tibetan Parliament in exile, to which the Chief Minister consented. The delegation also presented the Chief Minister with the Thank you India Dharma Chakra on behalf of the Norgeyling Tibetan Settlement, Gondia District, Maharastra. He was briefed on the settlement and approached him to implement the Tibetan Rehabilitation Policy 2014. The Chief Minister also made a note to the Chief Secretary Revenue to take action on the application submitted by the Bandara Norgeyling Tibetan Settlement office on the implementation of the Rehabilitation policy for Tibetans in Maharashtra.
Honorable Ramraje Naik-Nimbalkar, Chairman/Speaker of Maharashtra Legislative Council warmly received the delegation at his office in Maharashtra Vidhan Bhavan. After receiving the souvenir from the Tibetan delegation, the Chairman felicitated the delegation with an official souvenir and bouquet. Through the Chairman, the delegation met with Mr. Manu Kumar Srivastava, Additional Chief Secretary, Revenue Department to appeal on behalf of the Norgeyling Tibetan Settlement for the implementation of Tibetan Rehabilitation Policy 2014.
Among others met in person were Shri Rajkumar Badole, Minister for Social Justice, Maharashtra State, Shri Ramdas Athawale, Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India, Mr. Prakash Ambedkar, Former MP Lok Sabha and President, Buddhist Society of India, Mr. Bhimrao Ambedkar, Working President, Buddhist Society of India and Mr. Ashish Shelar, BJP MLA.