Department of Home (Nangsi)
Overview: The Department of Home is responsible for rehabilitation schemes for Tibetans in exile. It looks after 21 agricultural settlements, 11 cluster units, eight agro-industries and four carpet-weaving cooperatives in India. In addition, the department looks after 20 Tibetan settlements and handicraft societies in Nepal and Bhutan.
The Department works in close cooperation with the Government of India and international aid and development organizations to generate employment and promote self-reliance among the Tibetan populace and revitalize the Tibetan settlements. Settlement residents have the right to either elect their own settlement officers or request appointees from the Home Department. CTA and the department encourage Tibetans to elect their own settlement officers as a way to decentralize leadership and empower settlement residents.
Vision and Mission: The department envisions a sustainable and democratic Tibetan community in exile where Tibetans are engaging in modern enterprises, practicing organic farming, respecting Tibetan cultural and religious heritage, and making preparations for an ultimate return to a free and democratic Tibet.
Objectives: The department seeks to:
- Provide rehabilitation assistance to displaced Tibetan refugees and undertake sponsorship programs for elderly, sickly and needy Tibetans.
- Improve the physical, social and economic infrastructure of the settlements.
- Develop the agricultural and animal husbandry sectors in the settlements.
- Promote micro enterprises through cooperative and individual initiatives in the settlements.
- Train settlement residents in vocational and technical skills for self-employment.
- Provide emergency relief measures to victims of natural disasters such as drought, floods, cyclone, snowstorms etc.
Key Programs: The department’s three key programs areas and sections are: Agricultural Development; Cooperative Section and Welfare Division. Agriculture activities include educating farmers on organic and natural farming practices, purchasing agricultural machinery, planting trees, conserving soil and water, constructing processing and storage facilities, animal husbandry, etc. The department supports co-operatives that organize much of the agricultural purchasing, production and marketing. Welfare programs include poverty alleviation activities, old people’s home and sponsorship, and youth empowerment support.
Leadership: Kalon: Gyari Dolma. Secretary: Sonam T. Khorlotsang
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