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Valuable help: Minister of State for Environment and Forests, S. Regupathy, giving away a cheque to SHG members at R. Pudupattinam in Pudukottai district on Sunday. D. Uthirakkumaran, Collector, left, looks on.
Valuable help: Minister of State for Environment and Forests, S. Regupathy, giving away a cheque to SHG members at R. Pudupattinam in Pudukottai district on Sunday. D. Uthirakkumaran, Collector, left, looks on.

Staff Reporter

Indian Red Cross Society to mobilise public, institutional support for the purpose

PUDUKOTTAI: The State branch of the Indian Red Cross Society has planned to start district-level blood banks, by mobilising the support of individuals and institutions.

The State branch would extend all assistance possible to the district branches coming forward to start the blood banks, the state secretary of the Society, Santha Tiaz, said.

Talking to The Hindu on the sidelines of the inaugural of infrastructure projects to benefit the tsunami-hit fishermen community of R. Pudupattinam, a village about 75 km from here, on Sunday, Ms. Santha said that there was a strong case for starting blood banks on behalf of the Society in all the districts. The district branches in a few places, including Chennai and Thanjavur, had already started blood banks.

She urged the State Government to allot free site for constructing own buildings for the district branches of the Society in Tamil Nadu, wherever needed.

Ms. Santha said that the Tamil Nadu branch would strengthen the Youth Red Cross movement in all higher educational institutions and sensitise the youths to the seriousness of sex-related issues.

The honorary district secretary of Pudukottai branch of the Society, J. Raja Mohammad, said that although a piece of land was allotted to the Pudukottai branch a few years ago, it was yet to be transferred. The State Government insisted on remittance of money towards the cost of the land.

Cheques distributed

The Union Minister of State for Environment and Forests, S. Regupathy, distributed a revolving fund of Rs.50,000 to each of the 12 self-help groups of fisherwomen, sanctioned by the Canadian Red Cross Society. He also declared open a net-mending unit and creches donated by the Society of Poona district in Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu.

He said that a total of 5,744 houses would be constructed under the Emergency Tsunami Reconstruction Package and the Rajiv Gandhi Rehabilitation Package programmes in coastal villages in the district.

Mr. Raja Mohammad said that work on the construction of a crab-fattening unit, had been taken up near Meemisal. The unit would ensure economic uplift for fishing community by hatching the crabs, which were otherwise being rejected as waste species.

The Collector D. Uthirakkumaran, the Tamil Nadu State president of Indian Red Cross Society, Vimala Ramalingam and the Aranthangi MLA, Udhayam Shanmugam, were among those who spoke.

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