Central Tibetan Relief Committee Convenes General Body Meeting

DHARAMSHALA: The General Body Meeting of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s Central Tibetan Relief Committee (CTRC) was presided over by the committee’s vice-chairman Prof Samdhong Rinpoche at Gangchen Kyishong yesterday.

The Tibetan settlement officers in the north Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, who are members of the general body of the CTRC, attended the meeting.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s Central Tibetan Relief Committee was registered under Societies Registration Act, 1860, in 1981.
The Himachal Pradesh government had made recent amendments to the Societies Registration Act, 1860, in conformity with the provisions of The Himachal Pradesh Societies Registration Act 2006.

Accordingly, the CTRC as a registered society is required to make amendments in its Memorandum and Rules and Regulations with the provisions of HP Societies Registration Act, 2006, Mr Ngodup Dorjee, Executive Secretary of the CTRC, told Tibet TV.
The governing body of the CTRC made the amendments during its meeting on 27 December 2010, which were tabled and ratified in yesterday’s general body meeting, Mr Dorjee said.

The governing body of the CTRC has asked all our general body members to make necessary amendments in their respective societies’ rules and regulations/bye-laws with the provisions of the HP Societies Registration Act, 2006, he said.
Some of the new amendments made in the objectives of the society were (1) Promotion of the social welfare (2) Promotion of rural development and (3) Promotion of religious or charitable purpose including establishment of funds for welfare of military orphans, welfare of political sufferers and welfare of the like.

Other ancillary objectives include (1) initiate, conduct and assist family welfare and health and community development programmes (2) initiate, administer and assist programmes for providing better nutrition to children and adults especially amongst the poorer and more backward sections (3) promote agricultural practices and projects for improving food production (4) undertake to coordinate and guide international charities, agencies and individual donors to wherever the need is most felt within the Tibetan community and give them access to materials about the socio-economic conditions of Tibetan refugees in exile.

Munish Dixit writes from Baijnath, Kangra district.

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