President Murmu presides over AGM of Indian Red Cross Society

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President Draupadi Murmu on Monday presided over the ceremonial session of the Annual General Meeting of the Indian Red Cross Society (IRCS) at Rashtrapati Bhawan Cultural Centre. The AGM was held physically after six years due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Union Health minister and IRCS Chairman Mansukh Mandaviya along with Governors and Lt. Governors from 9 states and UT’s participated in the AGM physically. Over 300 delegates from all over the country participated in the meeting.

President conferred Red Cross Gold Medals upon Dr. LN Ambati Natraj from Telangana and Dr. Goparaju Samaram from Andhra Pradesh. IRCS, Odisha State branch was awarded for raising maximum funds and IRCS Jammu & Kashmir was awarded for raising maximum funds in relation to its population for the year 2021-22 amongst the UT Branches. Gujarat State branch and Dadra & Nagar Haveli and Daman & Diu, UT branch received Blood Donation Shields for highest voluntary blood collection. Gujarat State branch won the Gold Medal for collecting over 2 lakhs 77 thousand units of blood during the year.

Addressing the gathering, Dr Mandaviya said “Indian Red Cross has to reach the next level by engaging in relief programs beyond Indian boundaries.” He added that to bring more efficiency and transparency, state IRCS branches will be required to give a monthly report in the form of PPT to their Governors so that Red Cross work is disseminated and more and more people get attached to the organization.