The 44th Annual General Meeting of Himalayan Rescue Association Nepal (HRA) was held on Thursday, August 23, 2018 (2075.5.7) at Hotel Radisson, Lazimpat, Kathmandu.
The meeting was chaired by Chairman Mr. Narendra Deo Bhatta.
One minute mourning programme was held, in memory of HRA Founder Chairman Tek Chandra Pokharel who passed away on July 23, 2018 (2075.4.7) and Former Board Member, Ms. Elizabeth Hawley, who passed away on January 25, 2018 (2074.10.11) .
Chairman Mr. Narendra Deo Bhatta welcomed all the members at 44th Annual General Meeting of Himalayan Rescue Association Nepal and called for a meeting. During his Welcome Speech Mr. Bhatta, said that the HRA will continue the regular activities such as running Manang and Pheriche Aid-post, HRA – Everest ER and Gosaikunda Medical Camp upgrading with modern Medical Equipment. The HRA will also run in co-operation and co-ordination with Khumbu Pasanglhamu Rural Municipality and Manang Ngishyang Rural Municipality. He also said that HRA will continue the Fire Station and Mountain rescue Training Center Construction project which is headed by Kathmandu Metropolitan City. While speaking in the program Chairman Mr. Bhatta said that the irregularities in the field of mountain rescue evacuation may damage the tourism industry of Nepal. These kind of irregularities must be stopped. He further said the HRA supports the action taken by the Ministry of Tourism in this matter. He further said that government should develop a modality and working procedure for the future in the field of search and rescue activities.
Chairman Bhatta also informed the General Members about the need of opening an aid-post in Hilsa with an objective to provide much needed medical service to the pilgrims going to Kailash Mansarover. Thus, HRA has prepared a proposal about a Aid-post in Hilsa of Humla district. The proposal has been submitted to Ministry of Tourism as well as Embassy of India.
On behalf of the Executive Committee of the HRA, Secretary General Mr. Prithbi Shrestha presented the Annual Progress Report for the year 2074/075 and Annual Implementation Plan (Plan of Action) for the year 2075/076, Treasurer Mr. Shreeram Khatri presented the Audited Report for the year 2074/075 and Annual Budget for the year 2075/076. Medical Director Dr. Buddha Basnyat presented Medical Report of HRA.
Discussion session was held on the papers presented by the Secretary General and Treasurer. Chairman Mr. Narendra Deo Bhatta and Treasurer Shree Ram Khatri answered the questions raised by General Members. Progress Report of the year 2074/075 and Annual Implementation Plan for the year 2075/076 presented by the Secretary General and Audited Report for the year 2074/075 and Annual Budget for the year 2075/076 presented by the Treasurer were unanimously approved by the General Meeting.
- K. Associates was appointed as an Auditor to audit the books of accounts of HRA for the year Fiscal Year 2075/076.
Mr. Kumar Ranabhat and Mr. Sushil Adhikari were nominated as a representative of general member to sign the minute book.
A “Vote of Thanks” was given by Vice Chairman Mr. Basant B.Hamal. He expressed his thanks & gratitude to all concerned for their cooperation and support to make HRA’s 44th AGM Successful.
On the occasion of 44th AGM of HRA, a felicitation program was organized. Chief Guest, Hon’ble Minister for Tourism Mr. Rabindra Adhikari presented the letter of appreciation to expedition operator companies for their support to run HRA- Everest ER (clinic) at Everest base Camp for 2018
Finally Chairman announced Programme adjourned.