Chairman of the British Gurkha Welfare Society (BGWS), Major (Retd.) Tikendra Dal Dewan, has been appointed as ‘Justice of the Peace for England and Wales (Magistrate)’.
He is the first Nepali/Gurkha veteran to be appointed to the post. Major Dewan took an oath at the Winchester Combined Court last week.
A press statement issued by the BGWS said that Major Dewan will take up the position of Magistrate in a designated Court for 13 days in a year. He will not get any salary as the job is voluntary in nature.
“To be appointed as a Magistrate, no formal qualification is required, but qualities such as awareness of social problems, commitment to serve in the community, legal knowledge, capacity to weigh various arguments and make rational decisions are needed,” said BGWS in a press statement.
Major Dewan is also Chairman of the Greater Rushmoor Nepalese Community and Governor of King’s College and Grange Community Junior School, among others. He has bagged various awards and decorations including the ‘Asian Achievements Award.’
At a felicitation programme organised at the BGWS, General Secretary of the Society, Chhatra Rai, said that appointment of Major Dewan as a Magistrate in the UK was a matter of pride for the entire Nepalese/Gurkha community in the UK. Major Dewan said he will try his best to undertake new responsibilities with utmost sincerity and integrity.
Major Dewan had retired after serving for over three decades in the Brigade of Gurkhas.