(TibetanReview.net, Dec23, 2015) – The United States Congress has approved a $1.8 trillion budget for the fiscal year 2016 which averted a government shutdown and also landed for the exile Tibetan community in Nepal and India a six-million dollar “Economic Support Fund”, said the exile Tibetan administration at Dharamsala on its Tibet.net website Dec 21. The budget came into effect on Dec 18 when President Barack Obama signed the budget bill into law.
The Congressional budget appropriation bill states: “Of the funds appropriated by this Act under the heading, ‘Economic Support Fund’ not less than $6,000,000 shall be made available for programs to promote and preserve Tibetan culture, development, and the resilience of Tibetan communities in India and Nepal, and to assist in the education and development of the next generation of Tibetan leaders from such communities.”
Last year the US Congress sanctioned $3 million under a new line item to aid the Tibetan community in India and Nepal.
The executive head of the exile Tibetan administration at Dharamsala, Sikyong Lobsang Sangay, has expressed deep gratitude to the US government and Congress for their generous assistance towards the Tibetan community.
The US government had earlier sanctioned funds for the exile Tibetan administration’s departments of Education and health and for the Tibetan Computer Resource Centre (TCRC) for internet security.