KOHIMA, June 24: The 29th Annual general meeting of Indian Red Cross Society Nagaland State Branch Kohima was held at Durbar Hall Raj, Bhavan Kohima on 24th June 2015.

The Governor, P.B Acharya who is also the President IRCSN in his presidential address said that the object of holding the annual general meeting is to pursue the activities of the society and the plans of the society for the future and to align their work towards achieving their target in coming years. He expressed happiness that besides relief being provided to victims of various adversities in the districts of Nagaland, the state branch could reach out to the flood victims of Jammu & Kashmir by donating an amount of Rs. 2,83,940 as relief, which is laudable.

He deeply appreciated the active participation of the Red Cross Society in the Swachh Bharat Mission and also hoped that the launch of sanitation drive that began last year in Kohima would spread to the remaining districts. The Governor congratulated all the members and volunteers of NRC for their devotion, dedication and hard work and also thanked the Chief Minister for enhancing the grant-in-aid from 18,00,000 to 25,00,000. He also said that the decision of the society to embark upon the inclusion of International Humanitarian Law (IHL) in its activity is indeed an enormous task ahead and wished the society the very best in the noble venture.

Chief Minister, T.R Zeliang in his vice-presidential address urged the respective Deputy Commissioners who are the Chairmen of the district branches to take more pro-active role in finding suitable land and in constructing district offices in the society. Despite many constraints, including non-availability of own office buildings, all the district branches are faithfully and sincerely trying their best to carry out the seven principles of the society, namely, Humanity, Impartiality, Neutrality, Independence, Voluntary service, Unity and Universality, the Chief Minister added.

He also appreciated the active participation by the youths in the Junior Red Cross and Youth Red Cross. He stated that such involvement will enable them to imbibe the spirit of understanding and acceptance of one’s civic responsibilities, friendliness and helpfulness to fellow human beings and thus prepare themselves to become better citizens of tomorrow.  He further implied that our state being in a high-risk earthquake zone, everyone should try to take better care of our environment for the sake of future posterity through civic consciousness and safety consciousness. The Chief Minister remarked that in spite of the fund constraints faced by the society, it has been able to successfully conduct state level first-aid training camps, as well as first aid posts at the district levels, distribution of leaflets and medicines etc. were done, the displaced persons of Ralan area was visited by the Society and also the Society has been able to maintain reliable ambulance to help the people in times of need. He also urged the office bearers of Red Cross to intensify the enrolment drive for the coming year.

Earlier the ceremonial lamp of the Indian Red Cross Society was lit by the Governor of Nagaland P.B Acharya and Chief Minister of Nagaland T.R Zeliang along with other Ministers, Parliamentary Secretaries and others. The new patrons and vice patrons were also decorated during the ceremonial function of the annual general meeting. The patrons include Howoto Jakhulu from Zunheboto District Branch, Puthai Longon Noklak Sub-divisional Branch, Rovilatuo Mor,IAS State Branch and Dr. Rovi Zhunyu Peren District Branch. The newly inducted Vice Patrons include P, Lipchem from Kiphire District Branch, Dr. Enrithung Kikon Wokha District Branch and Izierangbe Yalie Peren District Branch.

The Indian Red Cross Society Nagaland State Branch Kohima General Secretary, Dr. Kepelhusie Terhüja highlighted on the 20th Annual general meeting minutes in the function where obituary references for members who passed away in the intervening period of 2014 and 2015. The members included Lt. Tiazulu Jamir, peon, Lt. Dr. R. Zinyü, Founding Member, State Managing Committee Member & Vice Chairman, IRCSN, Lt. M. Pusha, Life Member, Noklak Sub-divisional Branch, Lt. Rano M Shaiza, Founding Member and Lt. A.E Lotha, Vice Patron, IRCSN Nagaland.

General Secretary IRCSN also highlighted the agenda of the Indian Red Cross Society on strategic development plan like systematically training and sharing the knowledge among the Red Cross Members, volunteers, governance and management, fundamental principles international humanitarian law and to provide students with the core knowledge, skills and attitudes to function on the capacity of a first responder.

The house also observed two minutes silent in honour of Nirmala the successor of Mother Teresa who passed away on 23rd  June 2015.

The programme was presided over by the Chairman IRCS Nagaland, Abeni TCK. Special songs were presented by the nursing students from the School of Nursing NHAK and Church Choir, Kohima Lotha Baptist Church.

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