(TibetanReview.net, Apr22, 2015) – The Federation of Tibetan Co-operatives in India (FTCI), which is based in Bangaluru city, Karnataka state, and represents a total of 15 cooperatives in the Tibetan settlements and communities across the country marked its 10th anniversary at Dharamshala on Apr 20. Those who addressed the function included the head of the exile Tibetan administration, Sikyong Lobsang Sangay, exile Tibetan parliament Speaker Mr Penpa Tsering, exile Tibetan Home minister Mrs Dolma Gyari and the Chief Executive of National Cooperative Union of India Dr Dinesh.
The co-operatives currently have a total of 24,000 shareholding members and serve some 63,000 Tibetans, with the total shareholding being over Rs 700 million.
Dr Dinesh offered to extend help in conducting training and education for FTCI members.
The FTCI currently has a number of projects on the pipeline, including the setting up of a cooperative Nyamdel Finance-Community Banking, an Aqua Tibet Mineral Water Project in Bylakuppe, a Tibetan Institute of Management and Science, and a Dairy Farming project.