The July 1972 General Assembly of the Tibetan Freedom Movement recommended the all Tibetans living in exile make a monthly voluntary contribution to the Tibetan Government in Exile. A monthly voluntary contribution of Indian Rupees 1 was suggested.
The following month different Tibetan communities begun contributing towards this initiative. The organisation set up to collect voluntary contributions is the Tibetan Freedom Movement and their local chapters. The voluntary contributions are asked from every Tibetan above the age of 6 to help pay the expenses of the Tibetan government in exile, also referred to as the Central Tibetan Administration. The Tibetan Freedom Movement is an organisation under the Assembly of Tibetan Peoples Deputies (the Tibetan Parliament in Exile).
Over the years due to financial inflation, the monthly voluntary contribution has also been increased. Today for example, Tibetans who live outside India, Nepal and Bhutan above the age of 18 pays contributes US$96 annually. Unemployed and students pay US$46 and those financial difficulties make a nominal contribution. There are also individuals who contribute more than US$96 and individuals that run successful businesses in India and Nepal make a more substantial contribution from their annual profit. The total amount raised annually is used towards the partial funding of the Tibetan Government in Exile.
The Green Book has over the years in effect has become the passport of the exiled Tibetans to claim their rights from the Tibetan Government in Exile. Also in future it will become a base to claim Tibetan citizenship. Today, it is used for school admission, school or university scholarship, and employment within the exiled community. Payment of the voluntary contribution is a condition to gain voting rights in parliamentary elections.
Tibetans inside Tibet do not have Green Books. If a Tibetan were to return and be found with one, it would undoubtedly be a basis for persecution since the Green Book is the most official document issued by the Tibetan Government in exile.
Alberta Collection of Gyalthon Mangyul
(Green Book Contribution)
Effective immediately, the Chadrel collection for this year and previous years is now being carried out by the TAA and will be forwarded to the Office of Tibet in New York . Therefore, for those who have not yet paid the fees for the current year or prior years, please do not hesitate to contact the Chadrel Coordinator.
Keeping in mind the importance of the Chadrel collection and to accommodate the needs and schedule of our community members, the TAA executive member will now be accepting payments every Saturdays (except major TAA events) between the hours of 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM. Please ensure that your book is updated and stamped. We will also issue you a receipt at the same time to reflect the funds paid.
Please note, as of this year, the following annual Chadrel amounts are now payable :
-Over 18 & Employed $96.00
-Over 18 and Unemployed/Seniors $46.00
-6 to 17 years of age $36.00
The Chadrel payments may be made in cash; or cheque made payable to the “Tibetan Association of Alberta”.
Chatrel forms can be downloaded here & needs to be approved by TAA before submission to Office of Tibet