Hubballi, Karnataka. Amidst this exceptionally difficult time, the Refugee Tibetan community of Karnataka, mainly from various Buddhist monasteries in the state, have expressed their solidarity with the people and government of India and Karnataka, contributing over Rs. 2 Cr. to the Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations (PM-CARES) fund and Karnataka Chief Minister Relief Fund to fight the COVID-19 outbreak.
The Tibetans residing in the five Tibetan settlements in Karnataka have also undertaken various relief measures, providing food and dry rations to the poor and the vulnerable communities, including labourers and daily wage earners.
“As a result of the much-needed lockdown in the country, many people, especially those who are solely depended on their daily wages, are facing tremendous hardships. Hence, we, Tibetans, believe it is our utmost duty to help them in this difficult time while doing our very best to support the central and Karnataka state government’s untiring efforts to combat the COVID-19 outbreak,” said Mr Chophel Thupten, Chief Representative of Tibetans residing in the South Zone, Central Tibetan Administration (CTA).
Therefore, the Tibetan community residing in Karnataka state which includes the five Tibetan settlements of Bylakuppe (New and Old), Hunsur, Mundgod, and Kollegal, as well as Tibetans living in Bangalore have collectively raised a total of Rs. 203,65,228.00 (Two crores, three lakh, sixty five thousand two hundred and twenty eight) as contributions to the PM CARES and Karnataka CM Relief Fund and relief measures.
The majority of these funds were raised by the Tibetan Buddhist monasteries that are based in Karnataka; the remaining funds were raised by the lay Tibetan community and other Tibetan organisations in the state.
Tibetans in Karnataka also undertook various relief measures for daily wage earners and poor locals living and working in and around the Tibetan settlements. Many of these relief measures were carried out in coordination with local Indian officials and were highly appreciated by the casual labourers, daily wage workers and the poor who received aid.
Tibetans around the country have also been doing their bit to support the state and central governments’ efforts to fight the COVID-19 spread and aid the poor. Earlier this month, all of the Central Tibetan Administration staff pledged to donate their one day’s salary to the PM-CARES fund.