A relief fund amounting to the sum of rupees 36 lakhs has been distributed to 16 Tibetan families from Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh. The amount has equally distributed to the families who suffered a fire tragedy during a local political issue in the capital city of Arunachal Pradesh. These funds have been secured by Department of Home, Central Tibetan Administration in Dharamshala.
16 Tibetan refugee families shops have been burnt in the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh during a local political crisis in the region. The concerned Tibetan refugees family in the case completely relies on the shops for their livelihood. Locals turned out to protest against the state government’s plans to grant permanent resident certificate (PRC) non-Arunachal Pradesh Scheduled Tribe communities of Namsai and Changlang districts. The situation went on a rampage and the protests took a violent turn after a person was killed in police firing.
Amid the violent clashes, the prominent Tibetan complex in Itanagar was set ablaze. The entire complex consisting of 16 Tibetan shops were burnt down on February 24, 2019 afternoon. Although there were no casualties reported on Tibetans, the magnitude of financial loss to Tibetans are very severe that they can not started again on their own.
Department of Home, CTA, in an expression of the spirit of solidarity and cooperation, issued an urgent appeal to outside organizations and individuals and also to all Tibetans living across India, Nepal and Bhutan for relief fund donation. The campaign received a donation of INR. 3,639,362/- on time from generous public and different organizations, according to the Tibet.net.
“As per the instruction we have distributed the donation equally among the 16 families with each family receiving INR. 227,000/- to rehabilitate them to their normal lives. Remaining INR. 7,362 was spent on miscellaneous expenditure incurred by the concerned settlement office during administering the relief support. Taking this opportunity, the Department of Home would like to appreciate the overwhelming generosity of all the donors and in future wherever such incidents happen we sincerely request the continuation of all of our donors’ unstinting support. ” said the official announcement from the Deparmtment.