Tibetan Kashag to have new and old faces: Sangay

August 9th, 2011 - 2:38 pm ICT by IANS  

Dharamsala, Aug 9 (IANS) The Kashag, or cabinet of the Tibetan government-in-exile, is all set to present new faces along with the old to make the Tibetan movement more effective, says its new Prime Minister Lobsang Sangay.

“In the seven-member Kashag, I will have four younger members to bring in innovation and the 21st century knowhow to make the Tibetan administration and movement more effective,” Sangay, at 43 the youngest to head the government-in-exile, told IANS. He assumed office Monday.

“Now it’s the responsibility of the younger generation to take the movement forward and seek a resolution to the Tibetan problem,” he said.

But Harvard-educated Sangay places faith in the experienced ones too to run the day-to-day administration that take cares of 140,000 Tibetans who live in exile around the world, over 100,000 of them in India.

“I will have three elders to continue the existing successful policies and programmes,” he said.

According to Sangay, education will be the priority in the domestic programmes and policy.

“The department of information and international relations and the department of education, which runs 100-plus schools to provide not just education but also knowledge of Tibetan culture and identity, are the crucial ones.”

“Creating awareness about Tibet and strengthening and sustaining this awareness in the international forums would also be priorities.”

Tenzin Norbu, a spokesperson for the parliamentary secretariat, told IANS that the new cabinet members would be announced in the next session of parliament Sep 16-Oct 1.

“The Kalon Tripa has the power to induct anyone in his cabinet. He or she may be either from the elected members of parliament or from any group or organisation. Even an expert can be nominated,” he added.

Till the announcement of the cabinet, the new Kalon Tripa will head all the departments.

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