Dhardon Sharling removed from Kashag over age issue

Dhardon Sharling speaks to the press after her removal from Lobsang Sangay's second Kashag (Cabinet) in Dharamshala, India, on 3 June
2016.

Dhardon Sharling speaks to the press after her removal from Lobsang Sangay's second Kashag (Cabinet) in Dharamshala, India, on 3 June
2016. Tibet Sun/Contributor

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MCLEOD GANJ, India, 3 June 2016

Newly elected as a kalon (minister of the Central Tibetan Administration) Dhardon Sharling has been removed from Sikyong Lobsang Sangay’s Kashag (cabinet) due to not meeting the age qualification.

Lobsang Sangay informed the members of Parliament that he has written to the Supreme Justice Commission about her removal from his Kashag, since she did not fulfil the age criterion.

He said that Dhardon had told him she was 35 years of age before he proposed her name to the Parliament.

Dhardon plunged into trouble after it was learned that she is short by three months to be a kalon, as her date of birth in the Tibetan tax receipt book (commonly known as the Green Book) showed as 23 September 1981, which makes her three months and four days short of the criterion to become a kalon.

According to the Tibetan Charter, to become a kalon, one must be 35 years of age or older.

Dhardon was elected as a kalon with 25 votes in the Parliament, and had been appointed to lead the Department of Information and International Relations by Sangay.

Before Sikyong Sangay proposed her to be a kalon, she was elected as a member of Parliament representing U-Tsang province with highest number of votes in the exile Tibetan elections held in March.

Speaking to the press after her removal, she said she didn’t look at age in detail counting months and days. She offered her apologies for her negligence.


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