Former PM Samdhong Rinpoche (4th from right) presides as the chief guest at the opening of the 3 day FTCI conference, Bylakuppee, August 20, 2013/FTCI photo
DHARAMSHALA, August 22: More than 75 Tibetan participants including chairmen and secretaries of 15 co-operatives, managers and staff of Federation of Tibetan Cooperatives in India, board members of the FTCI met Tuesday for the 13th annual conference of Tibetan cooperatives in India.
The former prime minister of the exile Tibetan government, Prof. Samdhong Rinpoche presided over as the chief guest on Tuesday during a function to mark the opening of the conference in Lugsam Co-operative’s community hall in Bylakuppe, the largest Tibetan settlement in India. Also present were Lobsang Yeshi, MP, Jigmey Jugney, MP, Settlement Officers of Lugsam and Dekyi Larsoe settlement, representatives of various organisations and monasteries and camp leaders.
Organized by the Bangalore based FTCI the three-day conference that ends today discussed ways to improve the workings of the operating businesses under the FTCI and to also to chalk out new ventures with an aim of sustaining the Tibetan settlements.
A minute’s silence before the proceedings on the first day was observed in solidarity with the 121 Tibetans who have immolated themselves for the Tibet cause.
The former academician and two time prime minister said member cooperatives of FTCI must take active part in the management, distribution of profit to members and operation of co-operative activities as per the state and central co-operative societies act.
He also noted that the co-operatives must keep themselves updated with the latest amendments made by the Indian government with regard to co-operative’s act and the host country’s law.
“May be under the management and guidance of FTCI, Tibetan co-operatives has potential, opportunity and facility to sow a seed that will contribute tremendously in building a sustainable economy for the future Tibet,” said Rinpoche.
13th FTCI conference in session, Bylakuppee, August 20, 2013/FTCI photo
While lauding the achievements of Lugsam co-operative for construction of a community hall without any foreign help, Rinpoche said the Tibetan co-operatives can contribute towards the incumbent Kashag’s principle of ‘self reliance’.
Tashi Wangdu, CEO of FTCI, said the body has business ventures in the pipeline that includes a Business Process Outsourcing company (BPO) in Bylakuppe, Nyamdrel Finance company which will provide loans for housing, vehicles, businesses and e-commerce for Tibetans.
Dorjee Palden, a scrap dealer from Mundgod Tibetan settlement was honoured with 2013 Tibetan Entrepreneur of the Year award, and Dharamshala co-operative society was felicitated for completing 50 years of community service. Kelsang Gyatso, Secretary of Mainpat Tibetan Co-operative Society, was honoured with the best secretary award. Names of ten students to receive Nyamdel scholarship for professional course after 12 standard was also drawn from a lot. The opening day also saw the launch of the first annual Nyamdrel newsletter in Tibetan language.
Pema Delek, FTCI Chairman briefed the gathering about evolution of co-operative movement in Tibetan community in exile, highlighting the progress made by Tibetan co-operatives in terms of profitability, management and service to members.
The 15 co-operatives presented their annual report and financial statement for the year 2012-13, followed by question and answer session. On the second day, the review on implementation of resolution passed in the previous meeting was done.