NRCS needs different identity: DPM Mainali

Hetauda, Makwanpur, April 7

Hon'ble Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Women, Children and Social Welfare, Mr. CP Mainali on Wednesday formally inaugurated the 45th General assembly session of Nepal Red Cross Society (NRCS) at Hetauda in Makwanpur, Nepal.

He said "Red Cross has showed its role as an auxiliary of the government. For example, it distributed more than one billion Nepali Rupees to the earthquake affected families in 16 districts in time of rainy and winter seasons." According to the DPM, government has now in process of amending Social Welfare Act. ''Red Cross needs different legal identity among several NGOs and organizations active in Nepal as Red Cross is formed according to  commitment of  international conventions."

Nepal Red Cross district and central level leaders from across the country gathered together to meet for two- day 45th General Assembly of NRCS.  Also attending are representatives from International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), partner National Societies of different countries, different local organizations, local opinion leaders, different ministers of Government of Nepal and Social Welfare Council.

In a presentation at closed session at the Palpasa Hall, GA venue, in Hetauda, Secretary General Dev Ratna Dhakhwa and Treasurer General Devendra Bahadur announced details of the programme and budget proposal of fiscal year 2016-17. The programme emphasized on the earthquake recovery, resiliency and health promotion issues. The house approved increase of about a three-time budget over last year's budget.  

Chairman Thapa proposed humanitarian diplomacy to strengthening legal status of the organization. Red Cross Principles will help guide and define our all activities."

Highlighting the importance of the Assembly SG Dhakhwa said "It delivers our collaboration and partnership efforts promising to the most vulnerable people across Nepal."

The organization in Nepal has successfully demonstrated the power of volunteerism to make progress on reducing vulnerability and making prompt emergency services during crisis and disaster situations. 

As an annex to the report, the Secretary-General put forward the Seventh Development Plan (2016 -2020) of the NRCS that has a slogan ' partnership and coalition building for community resiliency.

In a show of strength of humanity, the delegates and guests of the GA participated in a march past programme before formal GA activities. The march past that began from Makwanpur Red Cross office took a round trip through main streets of Hetauda.