Contribute for people in distress: Gov

Contribute for people in distress: Gov
Acharya and Rio along with IRCS members during the annual general meeting on Thursday (NP)
Correspondent KOHIMA, SEP 6 (NPN) | Publish Date: 9/6/2018 12:11:05 PM IST

Nagaland Governor, P.B. Acharya appealed to the people of Nagaland to contribute towards those affected by the recent floods and landslides. 

Addressing the 32nd annual general meeting of Indian Red Cross Society, Nagaland (IRCSN) State Branch at Red Cross Complex here on Thursday, Acharya, who is also president of IRCSN, called on the gathering and Red Cross members to give their best for the people, stating this was the right time to motivate people to help those who were in distress. He said, despite the State requiring around Rs 800 crore, the government had hardly received Rs 2 crore till date, including Rs 1.25 crore contributed by film star Sushant Singh Rajput. 

Urging the gathering to motivate others and target Rs 5 crore as contribution, he said every citizen had a responsibility in extending help during such difficult time and should not depend on the government for everything.

Appreciating IRCSN members for their service to people of the State, the governor advised them to motivate others and enrol more members to serve the people. He observed that the society had active members only from three districts and stressed more members and service during such disasters. He also appreciated Assam Rifles for the good work and services rendered by its men to the people.

In his address, chief minister and IRCSN vice-president Neiphiu Rio said Indian Red Cross, Nagaland Chapter had proved that it was second to none when it came to serving the people. While taking pride in having achieved things, he said it should also take the opportunity to evaluate its past performances and formulate plan of actions for the years to come to expand activities for the society.

Mentioning that Red Cross had more than 700 branches in India since its inception in 1920, spread across 700 districts in 35 States and United Territories, Rio added that it started its operation in Nagaland in 1982 and now had branches in almost all the districts. He said International Red Cross and Red Crescent movements were international humanitarian movements with approximately 17 million volunteers, members and staff. They were founded to protect human life and health to ensure respect for all human beings, besides preventing and lessening human suffering.

The chief minister remarked that while expanding its activities, Red Cross also needed to promote junior Red Cross in more schools across the State to train young people in first aid and basic humanitarian services. He said the State faced a huge challenge in the face of heavy rains and landslides. He informed the gathering that Kiphire district was cut off for a long time, adding the government had mobilised resources to ensure roads were opened and supply of essential commodities was not disrupted.

Appreciating IRCSN for donating generously towards the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund, Rio also called upon its units in the districts to extend their helping hands to deputy commissioners (DCs) and district disaster management authorities in helping mitigate the crisis. He said it was a matter of satisfaction that Red Cross over the years had organised many blood donation camps, first aid trainings, free medical camps and trainings, along with others activities.

Reiterating the State government’s resolve to declare Nagaland plastic-free, the chief minister said involvement of Red Cross members in banning use of single-use plastics would be very important, even as he urged them to be an instrument for change in ensuring to bring attitudinal change among people to help the State also become open defecation free. He also urged them and the DCs to stick to the seven principles of Red Cross and take up activities in line with those guiding principles.

He appealed to IRCSN to be more proactive vis-à-vis disaster management, emphasising that the role of Red Cross was not only to providing immediate relief during disasters, but also in disaster mitigation and rehabilitation programmes.

Meanwhile, six persons were decorated as patrons and vice-patrons from different districts of the State.

After the formal function, the governor suggested to the Red Cross members that every citizen, including students, traders, etc, should be motivated to contribute towards the needy people at this difficult time. He also enquired about the society’s fund to help people of the State.    

The programme was chaired by IRCSN chairperson Abeni TCK, invocation prayer said by Khedi Baptist Church, Kohima associate pastor Dr Ruokuovilie Sachu, opening and closing song presented by students of Grace Higher Secondary School, Kohima, welcome address delivered by IRCSN managing committee member Helena Yepthomi and vote of thanks was proposed by IRCSN managing committee member Dr R Rose Chakhesang.



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