In a pleasant news from the Northern state of India, Sikkim, the Cabinet of the state government in a meeting has unanimously decided to adopt the Tibetan Rehabilitation Policy 2014. The policy formulated by the Central government in 2014 aims to provide better livelihood opportunities for the Tibetan refugees in the country.
Following a long trail of efforts from the officials of Central Tibetan Administration in Dharamshala, particularly the spearheads of Department of Home, Central Tibetan Administration, especially the office’s regional representative, Tibetan Settlement Officer (TSO) in Gangtok, approaching the state authorities, the TSO in Gangtok is reported to have been officially notified of the unanimous decision to adopt the policy by the state government.
The Tibetan Rehabilitation Policy 2014 framed by the Central Government of India and the Policy guideline makes a uniform policy statement to all Tibetan refugees in the country that they may be allowed to undertake any economic activity and to that extent, relevant papers/trade license/permit may be issued to them. The policy also says that Tibetan Refugees may also be permitted to pursue/take jobs in any field for which they are professionally qualified. These could be fields like nursing, teaching, Chartered Accountancy, medicine, engineering etc.
The Central Government of India’s formulated Tibetan Rehabilitation Policy has been adopted by other states of India such as Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka and Uttarakhand as requested by the Central Tibetan Administration.