In 1975, a proposal was raised to start a settlement mainly for the Tibetan Army personnel, in which they can be settled after their retirement . In 1977, a settlement was started for 100 Tibetan refugees’ families in 160 acres of land giving one acres and two bighas of land per family. The settlement was completed by October, 1977. Temporary living quarters and other buildings have been constructed from funds contributed by the settlers themselves.
Doegu Yougyaling Tibetan settlement is situated in the state of Uttaranchal. It is at the distance of 32 Km from Dehradun City. The place is at the height of 2760 feet above sea level with an average temperature of 38 Degree Celscius.
No of Villages in the settlement
The settlement is divided into three villages, Lakhanwala, Prethapur and Bhaluwala. Each of these village has an average of 14-16 families.
Most of the original families have a small piece of agricultural land for their living. Due to lack of irrigation facilities,the rainfed crop agriculture is practiced, which is not sufficient to sustain the families on farming alone. Besides agriculture, the settlers are engaged in trading, restaurants, shopkeeping, and seasonal sweater selling etc.
FACILITIES IN THE SETTLEMENT
Representative Each settlement has a settlement officer who is the Representative of the Department of Home appointed by Central Tibetan Administration (CTA), Dharamsala. Settlement officer is the principle post of the settlement. He is charged with overall control of running of affairs in the settlement. Under the Representative there are chief executive officer Co-operative society, appointed by CTA, Manager of the workshop and other small handicraft and also village leaders.
Representative Office: Representative acts as the liaison between the settlement and the Department of Home (CTA) and is the main source of information for the people in the settlement. The roles of Chief Diplomat, Chief Justice and Head of the settlement are all combined in one post. Daily task for the representative range from adjudicating disputes to communicating with group leaders and outside authorities, and generally watching over the running of all aspects of the settlement.
Group Leaders: The functioning or activities of every settlement are more or less similarly to each other. There are 3 villages in this settlement and each of these 3 villages possess an elected group leaders whose job is to act as an intermediary with relevant authorities, pass on information, settle disputes and collect money. Group leaders are not elected for their policy-making idea, nor do they campaign on certain issue. These group leaders are chosen on the basis of their strength of personality and once ability to stand before the interest of their village. The duty of the leader is more or less like the representative, but a smaller and on a more personal scale.