JAMMU: Indian Red Cross Society (IRCS) J&K has decided to organize melas across all districts of the state and install donation boxes at airports, railway stations and hotels for collecting funds.
This was decided in the 174th meeting of the State Managing Committee (SMC) of IRCS J&K at the Raj Bhavan, chaired by Governor J&K N N Vohra. Bali Bhagat, Minister for Health and Medical Education, was also present in the meeting.
Vohra also stressed the creation of a fund for the treatment of poor people who suffer terminal illnesses and called for the creation of blood banks at district level, a statement issued by Department of Information, J&K, said.
Governor reviewed the activities carried out by the Society during the last one year and stressed the importance of imparting first-aid training to commercial drivers and police recruits, a statement issued on Wednesday said. He directed Chief Secretary to make the training compulsory for the issuance of driving licences to commercial drivers. 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 stressed the need to institutionalise a fund 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 up to Rs 10 lacs out of their Constituency Development Fund for the treatment of the poor patients who suffer from terminal 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 IRCS should 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 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.
The Policy framed for the conferment of awards to Volunteers was confirmed by the SMC. Accordingly, General Secretary IRCS, was directed to identify Red Cross Volunteers who deserve awards for their humanitarian services, for their cases being viewed by the Committee set up to recommend Awards.
Governor directed Hony General Secy IRCS, to bring out an annual calendar for the training of State and District Disaster Response Teams. He also stressed that the District Committees should be well-equipped for dealing with any type of disaster. Divisional Commissioners were also directed to make available proper space for storage of relief materials received from IRCS, National Headquarters, New Delhi, and other organisations. Stores should be located at such places so that during disasters these could be used properly managed efficiently for making their best use during disasters. Divisional Commissioners shall review the availability of relief materials in the districts for dealing with any exigencies in future.
While reviewing the present status of the Jan Aushadi Scheme, the Committee stressed the need to create wide spread awareness about the availability of generic drugs at fixed prices from the Jan Aushadi Generic Drug Stores which are being run by the Red Cross in the State. The medicines made available in these stores are at the rates prescribed by the Bureau of Pharma Public Sector Undertakings of India which in most cases are significantly lower than the market rates of branded medicines. SMC directed the Deputy Commissioners of all the districts to open Jan Aushadi Shops at District and Sub-District Hospitals.
Honorary General Secretary IRCS, informed SMC about the programmes and initiatives for the Financial Year 2016-17, including the Safer Access Framework (SAF) to increase access of volunteers to people in need of humanitarian assistance; Youth Project which is intended to increase the knowledge of first aid among the students, particularly females, by training them in the basics of first aid and also to increase awareness and address the water, sanitation and personal hygiene issues in two selected villages from two districts of the State. J&K State Branch has also started training workers in different departments with special focus on “First Aid at Workplace”.