Srinagar, October 17: Governor N. N. Vohra, President, Indian Red
Cross Society (IRCS), J&K, chaired the 175th meeting of State Managing
Committee (SMC) of IRCS, J&K, Branch here at the Raj Bhavan. Ms.
Mehbooba Mufti, Chief Minister, Vice President of the IRCS participated
in the meeting.
Governor Vohra reviewed the activities carried out by the Society during
the last six months and re-iterated the importance of increasing
First-Aid Training programmes on a large scale, particularly in areas
along the IB and LoC in Jammu Region which are affected by Cross-Border
firing. He advised Chief Secretary to urgently issue clear directions
for making First Aid Training an essential pre-condition for the
issuance of driving licences to drivers of all categories of commercial
vehicles and School buses. DGP was directed to institutionalize such
training programmes for Police recruits who undergo in the Police
Governor emphasized that Donation Boxes should be placed at all
Airports, Railway Stations, Hospitals, Universities, Hotels and
important market places to attract fund collection for the humanitarian
activities carried out by the IRCS. He advised the benefit of
institutionalisation of provision of required fund support for the
treatment of poor who suffer from serious and terminal illnesses and
emphasised the need for arrangement of patient care facilities at Jammu
and Srinagar. Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti assured that MLAs will be
sensitized to provide for the treatment of the poor sections of the
society suffering from life threatening diseases and other serious
illnesses from their Constituency Development Funds. Secretaries, School
and Higher Education and General Secretary IRCS were directed to involve
CBSE Schools for enrolment of their students as Junior Red Cross/Youth
Red Cross and also tap the Universities, Bar Associations, Hotels etc
for enlarging the resource base of Red Cross Funds.
Governor directed Secretary R&B to direct JKPCC to ensure that the
construction work on the Red Cross Bhavan at Srinagar is expedited and
completed latest by summer 2018. The Divisional Commissioners of Kashmir
and Jammu were asked to identify Red Cross Volunteers who have done
commendable humanitarian work and recommend them for State level Awards
to acknowledge their contributions.
Governor directed General Secretary, IRCS to bring out an annual
calendar for the training of State and District Disaster Response Teams
and stock sufficient quantity of relief material such as tents,
blankets, first aid kits at appropriate locations where these could be
used immediately and managed efficiently, during any disaster/emergency
While reviewing the present status of the Jan Aushadi Scheme, the
Committee unanimously agreed upon the need for creating wide spread
awareness about the availability of generic drugs at the Jan Aushadi
Generic Drug Stores. Governor urged Sh. Bali Bhagat, Minister for Health
& Medical Education, to ensure opening of a large number of Jan Aushadi
stores in the State and also ensure adequate availability of medicines.
Sh. Bali Bhagat, Minister for Health & Medical Education; Sh. B. B. Vyas,
Chief Secretary; Dr. S.P. Vaid, DGP, J&K; Sh. Umang Narula, Principal
Secretary to the Governor; Sh. R.K Goyal, Principal Secretary, Home; Dr.
Pawan Kotwal, Principal Secretary, Health & Medical Education; Dr.
Mandeep Kumar Bhandari, Divisional Commissioner Jammu; Sh. Baseer Ahmad
Khan, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir; Sh. Sajad Ahmad Khan,
Commissioner/Secretary Social Welfare;Sh. Ravi Deep Singh Sahi, IGP CRPF
Kashmir participated in the meeting. Besides, Sh. A.M. Mir; Dr. B.B
Gupta; Dr. Tsering Ladol and Sh. Mehraj Ahmad Kakroo; Members of the
State Managing Committee, IRCS and Deputy Commissioners of Kashmir
Province participated in the meeting.