Jammu Tawi, April 19
Governor N. N. Vohra, President, Indian Red Cross Society (IRCS), J&K, chaired the 174th meeting of State Managing Committee (SMC) of IRCS, J&K, Branch here at the Raj Bhavan. Bali Bhagat, Minister for Health and Medical Education, participated in the meeting.
Governor stressed the need for organising Red Cross Melas in each District, especially in Ladakh and other tourist places in Kashmir, for generating funds for IRCS. It was also decided to install donation boxes at Airports, Railway Stations and Hotels to collect donations for the noble cause of the IRCS and Chief Secretary was asked to issue instructions regarding voluntary contributions from the Government employees.
Governor reviewed the activities carried out by the Society during the last one year and stressed the importance of imparting for First-Aid Training programmes on a extensive scale, particularly for commercial drivers and Police recruits. He directed Chief Secretary to make the First Aid Training compulsory for the issuance of driving licences to commercial drivers and ADGP, Police Headquarters, was directed to institutionalize such training programmes for Police recruits in the Police Training Schools, as this would help in saving precious lives in case of emergencies. Governor suggested the need of institutionalisation of funds for the treatment of poor people who suffer from terminal illnesses and emphasised need for arrangement of patient care facilities at Jammu and Srinagar. Chief Secretary informed that MLAs can now spend upto Rs. 10.00 lacs out of their Constituency Development Fund on the treatment of the poor suffering from threatening life diseases and other serious illnesses. General Secretary, IRCS, was asked to prepare a Project Report for setting up Blood Banks at District level, which will be pursued with the National Headquarters, IRCS, New Delhi. Stressing the need to make Red Cross activities more meaningful, Governor emphasized that the need of the hour is to build a large pool of volunteers for ensuring participation of people from the grass root level. Principal Secretary, Education Department, was directed to involve CBSE Schools for enrolment of students as JRC/YRC to increase the resource base for IRCS funds. All the Deputy Commissioners were directed to create a conducive environment for mobilizing resources for the humanitarian activities of the Society, including organization of more Red Cross Melas at the District level. Governor directed the Commissioner Public Works (R&B) Department to urgently review construction of Red Cross Bhavan at Srinagar and ensure that the building work commences without any delay. He was also directed to get the existing building of Indian Red Cross Society, Kashmir, made functional on urgent basis.