A prayer service to mourn his demise was held at the Kashag Secretariat right here on January 12, which was attended, amongst others, by CTA President Penpa Tsering.
Delivering the eulogy for the deceased, Tsering stated: “We have gathered here today to mourn the demise of Kungo Gyaltsen Choden la who was perhaps the last surviving government official of an independent Tibet before 1959.”
He served the Tibetan authorities from a younger age. After coming into exile, he served the exile authorities in varied capacities for everything of his life, he added.
“He was one of the longest serving Tibetan civil servants and we offer our deepest condolences to his family members. We believe that he has lived a truly meaningful life serving the Tibetan people and fulfilling the aspirations of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.”
According to the CTA, Choden was born in 1920 at Medo Gongkar close to Lhasa. He was third among the many 4 youngsters born to father Jangchup Phuntsok and mom Kelsang Dolma. He began his education from 1930.
In 1935, he joined Tashi Lhunpo monastery to check Buddhist theology and philosophy.
In 1946, he was chosen as an accountant. He got here into exile in 1959 and retired from energetic service in 1992.
The Dalai Lama has been residing in India since fleeing his homeland Tibet in 1959. The authorities-in-exile is predicated on this northern hill city of Dharamsala in Himachal Pradesh.