Panel for devolving most of Dalai Lama`s powers to PM
The 3-member committee formed by the Tibetan parliament-in-exile in the aftermath of the Dalai Lama`s decision to quit.
Dharamsala: The 3-member committee
formed by the Tibetan parliament-in-exile in the aftermath of
the Dalai Lama`s decision to quit, has suggested that the
majority of the powers vested in the leader be transferred to
the prime minister.
As the Tibetan parliament discussed the three-member
committee`s report here today, it has proposed amendments to
the Tibetan constitution to devolve political and
administrative power of the Dalai Lama to the elected
leadership of the Tibetan parliament.
The report was submitted to the Tibetan parliament by
the PM Samdhong Rinpoche yesterday, who is also the head of
According to Dhawa Tsering MP, a constitution review
committee shall be formed tomorrow, adding that the proposed
amendments may be discussed in public.
The amendments propose that a new clause be added to
the Tibetan Charter to give a new designation to the Dalai
Lama so that he continues as a symbolic head of the Tibetan
Government-in-exile, sources said.
Sources also said that the committee has recommended
that maximum administrative powers of the Dalai Lama be handed
over to the Tibetan Prime Minister, including the power to
The Dalai Lama as the administrative head of the
Government used to administer oath of office and secrecy to
the PM and the Speaker, now that function would be delegated
to the Chief Justice Commissioner.
The appointment of the chief justice commissioner,
accounts general and election commissioner shall be done by
the Tibetan Government now.
The report also proposes that the Ganden Phodrang,
which refers to the institution of the Dalai Lama, be
rechristened the Central Tibetan Administration.
Parliament would have to ratify the proposals by