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KOHIMA, June 14: The ceremonial function of the 28th Annual General Meeting of the Indian Red Cross Society, Nagaland State Branch (IRCSN) was at the Durbar Hall, Raj Bhavan Kohima Friday.
The Governor of Nagaland Dr. Ashwani Kumar who is also the President of IRCSN while delivering the Presidential address described Red Cross organisation as the noblest civil society organization and observed that one should be proud to be a member of the most noblest organization of the world.
The Governor of Nagaland expressed happiness stating that the membership of the society in Nagaland has increased over the years and informed that presently there are 9347 active members in the Red Cross movement. He lauded the humanitarian services extended by the IRCSN by providing relief to the Rengamas at Karbi, stating that they have displayed extreme compassion and understating to the situation by extending financial and material relief to all the displaced persons. He also mentioned the help extended by IRCSN to the disaster victims of Uttarakhand.
The Governor also pointed out about the initiative taken by the IRCSN in launching of sanitation drive in Kohima and all districts headquarters. Informing about the proposed mulit-million dollar sanitation programme by the Modi Government to clean up 1000 towns upto the year 2019, Dr. Ashwani Kumar called upon the Red Cross Societies of Nagaland to join hands in implementing the sanitation programme in all the districts. He expressed his desire that maximum number of towns has to be selected from Nagaland.
The Governor further complimented the Patrons and Vice Patrons on their appointment and was optimistic that they would discharge their responsibilities for the good of the people.
The new Chief Minister of Nagaland, T.R. Zeliang who is also the Vice Presidendt of IRCSN, pointed out that IRCSN has a long history of exemplary services to the people and announced that his government would increase the Grant-in-aid from Rs 18 lakhs to Rs 25 lakhs from the current year.
“Organisation like IRCSN is always remembered as an institution for being a companion of the common man”, Zeliang said. He was optimistic that as a selfless institution it would cater to the objectives of the organization.
In the programme, General Secretary IRCSN, Dr. Kepelhusie Terhüja gave a report on the business session, while decoration of Patrons and Vice Patrons was carried out by the Governor of Nagaland.
Other highlights of the ceremonial function included songs presentation by Youth Red Cross Unit, Alder College Kohima, Junior Red Cross Unit, F. Rio Higher Secondary School Kohima and welcome address by the Vice Chairman, IRCSN.
IRCSN President, Abeni TCK chaired the programme while Manging Committee, IRCSN and Member, National Managing body, NHQ, Kevekha Kevin Zehol proposed the vote of thanks.