Myanmar Red Cross Society (MRCS) Patron President U Win Myint received MRCS President Prof. Dr. Daw Mya Thu, Vice President, Secretary General, part time and full time Executive Committee (EC) members in the guest hall at the Presidential Palace in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday morning.
At the meeting, MRCS President Prof. Dr. Daw Mya Thu explained about the role of the MRCS, framework, cooperation with local and international organizations, future work processes, cooperating with ministerial departments and the local people in health care and responding to natural disasters, works in conflict areas, enactment of Red Cross law, election rules, numbers of EC and council members, numbers of volunteers and permanent members, employment of staff, cooperation with international organizations, status of acquiring funding and future works.
In responding to the explanation, the President expressed his delight and pleasure in meeting officials of the national Red Cross society. He said that the MRCS is a reserve force for the country, that it is existing as a free and impartial entity in social and humanitarian works, requirement to follow the Geneva conventions, International Red Cross and Red Crescent basic principles, policies and decisions. Only then can the works of the MRCS will become visible.
The MRCS should stand for the benefit of the people and national interest. It can accept donations from international organizations but the donations must not have strings attached. As Red Cross personnel are conducting noble humanitarian works, there should not be any monetary misappropriations but there can be some mistakes. To avoid this, everything should be done transparently and in accordance with financial rules and regulations.
On the matter of misusing the MRCS symbol, the President suggested on considering the drawing up of a new law or amending the existing law. If amended, it should be in accord with the times. A law is not hundred percent complete. Rules need to be issued by the relevant ministry. Where necessary, work procedures, notifications and instructions can also be issued, said the President.
Officials from MRCS are to use their rights and responsibilities according to the law and form the society into a strong one down to state, region, district and township level. Youths are to be nurtured systematically for the development of humanitarian works. MRCS should contact relevant ministries through the Union Government. Based on the submission from the ministry, fund for MRCS will be provided as much as possible, said the President.
After the meeting, MRCS President Prof. Dr. Daw Mya Thu presented President U Win Myint with a MRCS permanent member badge and presented a MRCS symbol made with colored gemstones.
Next, the President donated Ks 5 million for MRCS and posed for a commemorative group photo.
The meeting was attended by Deputy Minister U Min Thu from the Office of the President and officials, MRCS President Prof. Dr. Daw Mya Thu, Vice President Prof. Dr. Nan Htwan Hla, Secretary General U Khin Maung Hla, EC (Full-time) member U Kim Bawi and Dr. Daw Amara Maw Naing, EC (Part-time) members U Maung Maung Khin, U Paw Myint Oo, U Guiness, Dr. Tin Nyunt, U Myo Min Naung and U Wai Lu Kyaw @ U Kai Lu Kyaw Swa. — MNA