Mao Tse-tung, Chairman of the People's Republic of China, has given Tibet the statutory right to continue monastic rule in internal affairs, Dhela Chitung, Governor of Kutyaye, south-east frontier province of Tibet, told the Press Trust of India at Kathmandu on January 14. The 40-year-old Governor, himself a Lama, said: "Mao Tse-tung, on his full official authority, has also assured the Dalai Lama (the religious head of Tibet) a unique position with full provincial autonomy and unrestricted religious freedom, in the new Chinese administrative set-up." Dhela Chitung said that Prime Minister Nehru was present when Mao Tse-tung assured the Dalai Lama at Peking (in 1954) that Tibet would enjoy autonomy which no other Chinese province enjoyed in the People's Republic. Dhela Chitung, who has had a year's training in administration in Peking, said that during the two years he had been a Governor, there had been very few changes in the traditional monastic administration of Tibet. He said Peking would be happy to see certain reforms in administration without interfering with religious practices, but always preferred to cooperate only if Tibet itself wanted such reforms. He said that the Dalai Lama himself had favoured some reforms and had introduced some with the help of Chinese experts.