The week long Red Cross programme organized by District Administration was given a ceremonial kick here the other day. On the very first day of the event, the civil society donated Rs. 20000 to District Red Cross Fund (DRCS). A bus carrying volunteers of NCC and Quick Response Team (QRT) was flagged off by District Development Commissioner, Mohammad Aijaz in the presence of district officers including Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Ramban Dr Mohammad Anwar Bhat, Chief Education Officer (CEO), Ramban Mohammad Shafi, District Social Welfare Officer (DSWO), Ramban Varunjeet Singh Charak, Executive Secretary Red Cross Society Ramban Raj Singh Raju and members of Red Cross Society besides representatives of local organizations.
The volunteers would collect donations for DRCS from the public and officials to be used in the district during the time of crises or emergency and persons in distress. DDC disclosed that the ‘Qafila’, a bus while touring in the villages shall spread mass level awareness about traffic rules to be followed to avoid accidents and develop voluntarism among the youth for initiating social services including the counseling of drivers in their respective areas.
On the occasion, besides discussing modalities for raising the corpus amount under Red Cross Fund in the district, DDC urged the officers to mobilize official machinery for generating funds in whatever capacity they can contribute. While speaking, DDC said that the enhancement in the enrollment of the DRCS volunteers, upgrading of DRCS infrastructure, promoting blood donation and maintaining the unity in diversity would be the priority during the Red Cross Week.
DDC informed that the week long programme is opportunity for every citizen of this district to come forward and donate generously towards the Red Cross so that the public is helped during the times of crises and other untoward incidents. It was also informed that similar programmes shall be carried out for next six days at various places including Ramban, Banihal, Ramsoo, Khari, Sangaldan, Batote and Gool and the officers were instructed accordingly. The initiative was taken in view of the large number of poor and down trodden approaching the DDC Ramban for help.