(TibetanReview.net, Apr01, 2015) – New measures are to be introduced to increase the number of exile Tibetans paying regular Green Book contributions towards their central administration at Dharamshala’s annual budget. The measures are aimed at Tibetans living outside the Indian subcontinent. It was learnt during the just concluded Tibetan parliament in exile session that of the around 30,000 Tibetans living overseas, only around 13,000 pay their annual Green Book contributions.
Many among the rest were said to be willing to pay but unable due to various constraints which the exile administration plans to redress.
Those aged 6 to 17 now needs to pay only US1 per month as against $3 now. This is to enable more children in the age group to participate.
Tibetans who have their Green books but have not been paying at all for a number of years since before 2007 are to be given an exemption. They can now contribute for the years 2007 onwards. They need to apply for exemption through their local Tibetan association by stating how much from $100 to $800 they are able and willing to pay for the years 2007 to 2015. After 2015, they will have to pay annually like the others.
This is an extension of a measure announced by the previous Kashag (Tibetan cabinet) to enable more people to come forward to become contributing members of the exile Tibetan community.