‘Red Cross committees to come up in all edu institutions’

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SRINAGAR: Secretary school education, Farooq Ahmed Shah on Tuesday said the government will constitute Red Cross Committees in all the educational institutions of the state.
According to a statement, Shah made these remarks during a state-level function to mark the World Red Cross Day at government girls higher secondary school, Kothibagh. He said the aim of the initiative is to train students in providing first aid to people caught in disaster.
‘Education Department can play vital role in producing best Red Cross volunteers from the schools. Proper guidelines should be issued shortly to all the heads of the educational institutions for expending the amount being raised as Red Cross fund,” Shah said.
The theme of this year’s day is “Everywhere for every one smile”. The function started with a flag hoisting ceremony followed by a prayer ceremony attended by the students of the school.
While paying tributes to Dunant Henri, the founder of the Red Cross, the secretary education said: “Henri dedicated himself to serve humanity and the society must follow the teachings of such men.”
He said the State Red Cross Society is playing yeoman’s role in serving the people of the state in disaster and other eventualities. “The World Red Cross Day is being celebrated to make people aware on how to get relief during natural calamities and other disasters,” he said.
Shah, according to statement, appreciated the commendable work of the Red Cross volunteers of Ramban district who saved many lives of Amarnath Yatries at Banihal last year when their bus rolled down and they were crying for help. He felicitated the 35 volunteers by given them mementos.
On the occasion, General Secretary Jammu and Kashmir Red Cross Muhammad Shafi Rather highlighted the importance of the day. He said the main aim of the activities of the Red Cross was to serve the humanity.
Rather said the day makes the people aware on how to save lives by providing assistance during disaster conditions.
AM Mir, who is Executive Director of the J&K Voluntary Health and Development Association, Principal and staff of the school, guests from ICRS, volunteers from Ramban and large number of students were present on the occasion.