Governor H.R. Bhardwaj said on Thursday that non-governmental organisations (NGOs), including the Indian Red Cross Society (IRCS), should maintain high standards.

He was speaking after inaugurating the Red Cross Bhavan of the Udupi district unit of the Indian Red Cross Society, here.

Mr. Bhardwaj said that standards were falling in the functioning of some NGOs, just as they were in the case of the medical and legal professions. People were losing faith in the functioning of the NGOs. This trend should be reversed.

This could be done by ensuring that the top people in all the NGOs were of high calibre and were devoted to probity and transparency. They should strive to bring about qualitative changes in the functioning of their voluntary organisations, he said.

The IRCS was an organisation with high moral ideals.

There were reports of misuse of blood stored in blood banks. It was incumbent upon doctors manning the blood banks to prevent such incidents.

The Tumkur district unit of the IRCS had provided health insurance coverage worth Rs. 20,000 each to 10,000 students. Such activities should be emulated by other district units of the IRCS, the Governor said. Mr. Bhardwajsaid that a meeting of the IRCS would be held in Bangalore shortly to draw up a series of activities for the organisation. Home Minister V.S. Acharyaand Deputy Commissioner P. Hemalatha were present.

Chairman of Sri Krishna Charitable Trust T.V. Rao and president of G. Shankar Family Trust G. Shankar were felicitated on the occasion.

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