DIMAPUR, Sept 6 - Nagaland Governor PB Acharya today called upon the members of the Indian Red Cross Society, Nagaland (IRCSN), to follow the seven principles of the Red Cross Society.
�When our State is being hit by natural calamities and tragedies, it is the right time for the members to motivate themselves and reach out to the affected people by conducting motivational camps, training the people in first aid and rescue operations, setting up health camps and putting in more efforts,� Acharya said while addressing the 32nd annual general meeting of the Indian Red Cross Society, Nagaland State branch, at the Red Cross complex in Kohima.
Acharya, who is also the president of the IRCSN, cited examples of donors like actor Sushant Singh Rajput who recently donated Rs 1.25 crore to the flood-hit State. He called upon the members to donate during such times and also motivate the people to do the same since the State is seeking a Central aid of Rs 800 crore as disaster relief.
The Governor said the contribution of funds towards disaster relief till date has been Rs 2 crore approximately. He assured to take up the matter of Central aid on a priority basis.
On the functioning of the IRCSN, Acharya said more members should be enrolled as there are only three Indian Red Cross Society (IRCS)-active districts in the State. He stated that the IRCS service is most needed at the time of disasters. He appreciated the good work and service rendered by the personnel of the Assam Rifles during the recent disaster.
Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio, who is the vice president of the IRCSN, said the Nagaland Red Cross Society has been actively continuing its work in the service of humanity.
With continuing membership drives, extension of help to the needy, and conduct of blood donation camps, motivation campaigns, first aid training and workshops, the Indian Red Cross, Nagaland chapter, has proved that it is second to none, he stated.
Rio said that the annual general meeting is an opportunity to evaluate past performances and formulate plans for the years to come. In order to ensure that the Red Cross Society remains vibrant and active, one needs to reach out to more people, particularly the youth and people in the remote areas, Rio said.