In a first, Tibetan is appointed councillor in Dharamshala Municipal Corporation

Dawa Rinchen in a file photo.

Dawa Rinchen in a file photo. Facebook

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A Tibetan has been appointed as a councillor in the Dharamshala Municipal Corporation, by the Himachal Pradesh State Government’s Department of Urban Development.

Dawa Rinchen, the Settlement Officer of the Tibetans in Dharamshala headquartered in McLeod Ganj, received the appointment notification on Thursday. He became the first Tibetan to be inducted into the Municipal Corporation.

HimVani has quoted the spokesperson of the HP Government as saying that since a large number of Tibetan refugees are residing in McLeod Ganj and other areas of MC Dharamshala, the inclusion of Mr Rinchen in the Corporation will help the community.

The notification has also intimated the inclusion of another councillor, Mr Shubham Sud of Sidhwari area. With the inclusion of these two, the total number of nominated councillors has risen to five. Dharamshala Municipal Corporation have 17 elected Councilors from different wards.

Rinchen’s appointment likely came as a result of the Government of India granting voting rights to Tibetans, as two courts in Delhi and Bangalore in their judgment said Tibetans born in India are citizens of India by law.

“It means a lot for a Tibetan, specially for a Tibetan born in India. It’s like a lost child embraced by its mother,” Dawa Rinchen told Tibet Sun.

“It’s an honour for a Tibetan and for the Tibetan people,” he said. “It’s a symbol of the precious historical and cultural ties between Tibetan and Indian people. It’s a huge gift to the people of Dharamshala from HP and Indian Government.”

The official figures show there are about 10,000 Tibetans living in Dharamshala, of which the majority live in McLeod Ganj, which is in the upper reaches of Dharamshala.

After the Dharamshala Municipal Council was upgraded to Municipal Corporation, it has been chosen to be made a “Smart City” under the decision by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to create 100 Smart Cities in India.

The Chief Minister of the state recently declared Dharamshala as the “second capital” of Himachal Pradesh.

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