Jammu, April 22:
Governor N.N. Vohra, President of Indian Red
Cross Society (IRCS), J&K, felicitated civil,
State and Central Police Forces, Army, Industry
and civil society members who have been
providing unstinting support to the Red Cross
movement and contributed significantly to the
successful organization of the Red Cross Mela
which was recently held at Jammu. The
felicitation function was held at the Raj Bhavan.
Governor welcomed Sh.
Avinash Rai Khanna, Vice-Chairman IRCS National
Head Quarters, New Delhi, who had come
especially to participate in this function.
Lauding Dr. Pawan Kotwal, Chairman of the Jammu
IRCS and his team for their sustained efforts in
promoting the activities of the Red Cross
Society, Governor emphasized the need for the
Society’s activities extending to all parts of
the State. He urged all the Deputy Commissioners
to dovetail Red Cross activities with the local
festivals so that the largest number of people
get acquainted with and appreciate the noble
objectives of the Red Cross movement.
Governor thanked all the
sponsors, individuals and organizations who had
extended support for making the Red Cross Mela
2017 a high success. He observed that Red Cross
needs to organise activities in the Kashmir and
Ladakh regions by holding similar events.
Sh. Khanna urged the
Deputy Commissioners to sensitize officers about
the Red Cross activities during their official
meetings and stressed the need to train people
in Disaster Management and for providing First
Aid. He advised the Red Cross J&K to increase
the number of Life Members in the State and
asked the Chief Education Officers of all the
districts to spread awareness about Red Cross
among students during the morning assemblies in
Dr. Kotwal gave a brief
account of the activities of Red Cross in Jammu
and informed that in 2016 more than 1500 people
had been given First Aid training and in this
year efforts will be made to enhance this number
by training government employees and students.
He further informed that during this year’s Red
Cross Mela a record collection of more than Rs
65 lakh was generated through sale of Raffle
Draw tickets and this money will be used for Red
Cross activities in the State. He stated that
Red Cross Jammu will take up modernization of
its Pathological Lab for conducting specialized
blood tests for poor patients at minimum prices
and start a mobile unit for providing dental
hygiene at the village level.
The Governor presented
Appreciation Awards to Dr. Pawan Kotwal,
Divisional Commissioner Jammu; Sh. Ram Awtar, IG
BSF;Sh. S.D. Singh Jamwal, IGP Jammu, Zone ; Sh.
SLC Khup, DIG CRPF, Jammu; Brigadier Romit
Mehta, 162 Infantry Brigade; Ms. Sheetal Nanda,
Deputy Commissioner Samba; Mr. Niraj Kumar,
Deputy Commissioner Udhampur; Sh. Ravinder
Kumar, Deputy Commissioner Reasi; Sh. Mohammad
Aijaz, Deputy Commissioner Ramban; Sh. Ghulam
Nabi Balwan, Deputy Commissioner Kishtwar; S.
Manmohan Singh, Commissioner Jammu Municipal
Corporation; Sh. Sunil Gupta, Vice-President,
J&K Bank, Zonal Office, Jammu; Sh. S. Sambanna,
Deputy Commissioner K.V Sangathan, Jammu; Mr.
Balbir Singh, Chief Education Officer, Kathua;
Mr. Bishan Singh, Chief Education Officer,
Udhampur; Sh. Ram Paul, Chief Education Officer,
Kathua; Sh. Narinder Singh Bali representing
Deputy Commissioner Doda; Sh. Rajesh Baru,
Tehsildar Thakarakote, Reasi; Sh. Sachin Jamwal,
Assisstant Commissioner General representing
Deputy Commissioner, Jammu; Sh. Rakesh Gupta,
President Chamber of Commerce & Industries,
Jammu; Mr. Ashok Gupta, Managing Director, ASL
Tutorials; S. Attar Singh, M/S Attar Sweets
Store, Jammu; Sh. Satish Gupta, M.D. Surya Milk;
Sh. Ravi Ranjan represented Mr. S.K. Bansal of
M.D. Saraswati Plasto Tech; Col. Rattan Singh (Retd.)
on behalf of Mrs. Gunjan Rana of Jamkash
Vehicleades, Mrs. Arunima Sinha, Senior Faculty
Art of Living; Sh Dinesh Gupta, Sh. Vikram
Gujral; Sh. Neeraj Anand; Sh. Surinder Mahajan,
Sh. S.C. Bali, Sh. O.P. Sharma, Mrs. Madhavi
Sharma- All Members of the Executive Committee
IRCS, Jammu; Dr. M.L. Sharma, Dr. Rajinder
Thappa, both Senior Consultants; Sh. Chander
Shekhar, Visualizer Designer, Sh. Ram Kumar,
Event Videographer; Mr. M.S Rather, General
Secretary, IRCS, J&K State Branch; and Mr. R.C.
Puri, Secretary, IRCS.
The Awards were received
on behalf of Deputy Commissioner Kathua, Deputy
Commissioner Rajouri and late Sh. B. B. Raina,
former Member of the Executive Committee, IRCS
Mr. Umang Narula,
Principal Secretary to the Governor was present
on the occasion.