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By: Dibya Raj Poudel

Rt. Honorable Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli stated that feelings of humanitarian activities should be developed among the people through public awareness and motivation. He appealed Nepal Red Cross Society (NRCS) to implement youth-centered programmes to awaken them with good feelings, create positive thinking and focus on making them self-reliant.

While talking with NRCS executives of newly formed ad hoc committee at the Prime Minister’s residence in Baluwatar last week, PM Oli stated “The people and the Government have a lot of expectations and trust in Nepal Red Cross. May the new committee have a success to meet people’s aspirations.”

Minister for Women, Children and Senior Citizens Parbat Gurung, former Speaker Subash Chandra Nemwang and Secretariat officials were also present on the occasion. Explaining the justification of dissolving the then Central Executive Committee of NRCS, Minister Gurung informed that an ad hoc committee has been formed as per Article 20 of the Social Welfare Act in order to act on the basis of the Fundamental Principles of the Red Cross Movement.

Highlighting the importance of the international network of the Red Cross and the capacity of Nepal Red Cross Society, Dr. Netra Timsina, a newly appointed Chairman of NRCS, said that the new committee’s priorities are to renew organization registration, amend the statutes, hold elections, draft the Red Cross Law, proper management and utilization of organizational assets”. He further added, “Transparency and accountability, adherence to the code of conduct, a complete volunteerism are our commitments including zero tolerance with respect to misconducts”.

During the meeting, Prime Minister Oli said that he was aware of the Red Cross’s disaster management, services in times of crisis, blood transfusion services and other humanitarian services almost for six decades. He also took a life membership of NRCS to be registered in NRCS Balkot Sub-Chapter, Bhaktapur.

Prime Minister Oli also highlighted the importance of safe blood donation during the pandemic of COVID-19 and praised the blood transfusion service of NRCS. He expressed his emotional attachment with Nepal Red Cross Society as an organization to support impartially during the time of crisis. Instructing the new committee to fulfill the mandate given, the Prime Minister said, “People remember the Government and the Red Cross in the time of disaster simultaneously. So, keep on humanitarian assistance without the discrimination of any religion, political faith, geography and ethnicity during the services.”

He also cautioned everyone to pay attention for proper management of accounting system, documentation and accountability in order to avoid possible problems that may arise despite of working with good intentions.