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Governor stresses on promoting Youth Red Cross Activities
22 September 2014
Shimla,22/September/2014 (ITNN)>>>> Governor Urmila Singh who is also the President of HP State Red Cross Society said that youth red cross activities should be promoted for speeding up the humanitarian activities in the state. She was addressing the Annual General Meeting of the State Red Cross Society at Rajbhawan here today.

Governor announced enhancement of honorarium of volunteers to Rs. 10,000 per month and dearness allowance to the employees of State Red Cross Society with effect from year 2010.

Smt Singh suggested that youth Red Cross wings in educational institutions could be very effective and youth volunteers could play a significant role not only for day to day Red Cross activities but also during natural disasters and other emergent situations. She said that being a hilly state, Himachal Pradesh was prone to natural disasters and disaster management mechanism should be very strong in the State and proper focus should be laid on training volunteers for any such occurrences.

Governor stressed upon holding regular blood donation camps by the State and district units to facilitate the availability of blood in blood banks across the State so that precious lives could be saved in time.

She underlined the need for expansion of scope of red cross activities and added that apart from providing financial assistance to poor and needy for treatment purposes, efforts should be made to generate health awareness besides coming forward to help the poor and under-privileged in society through liberal donations. She said that help of corporate sector should be sought for achieving this objective which would go a long way in supplementing the humanitarian activities being undertaken by the State Red Cross Society.

Smt Singh said that proposal was under consideration for constructing old age home at Dhalli and added that district societies should also come up with such innovative proposals to utilise lands under their possession for promoting activities that could benefit the poor and deserving sections of the society.

Governor honoured representative of Deputy Commissioner Lahaul and Spiti for best performance in respect of submission of State Red Cross Share.

Kaul Singh Thakur Health and Family Welfare Minister who is also the Chairman of State Red Cross Managing Committee directed the Deputy Commissioners to accelerate the pace of Red Cross activities at district level to strengthen the State activities and ensure timely submission of State share of funds.

Health and Family Welfare Minister also underlined the need for active participation of Deputy Commissioners for strengthening District Red Cross Societies. He said that they should focus upon income generating activities for strengthening financial position of the units.He said that health indicators in the State were very good however more efforts were being made to improve them further and added that concrete efforts were being made for strengthening and consolidating health institutions by creating good infrastructure, equipping them with facilities and staff so that people could get best health services.

Health and Family Welfare Minister said that three new medical colleges would be set up at Chamba, Hamirpur and Nahan by spending Rs. 567 crore so that good medical education was available to students in State itself. He said Rs. 45 crore each have also been sanctioned to the State for upgrading two hospitals at Shimla and Mandi into cancer hospitals.

 Kaul Singh Thakur said that Rs 29.59 crore were sanctioned for providing generic medicines to patients in hospitals and added that a decision had been taken by the State Government to provide free ambulance services to expectant mothers and children below one year along with their mothers on 102 toll free number . As many as125 ambulances would provide this service across the State, he said.

Smt. Anita Tegta, Secretary to Governor and General Secretary, State Red Cross Society conducted the proceedings of the meeting and apprised the Governor and Health and Family Welfare Minister about the activities of the Red Cross.