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‘A.P. Red Cross has most number of blood banks ’

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The Red Cross Society of Andhra Pradesh has more blood banks than all Red Cross Societies in all other states put together, according to Andhra Pradesh Red Cross Society Chairman and former High Court Judge A. Lakshmana Rao.

Inaugurating a meeting of chairmen and secretaries of Red Cross Societies here on Monday, Justice Rao said the organisation had done exemplary work in the State in the aftermath of three cyclones.

He said post-bifurcation, the Red Cross, too, had been divided, but the properties of the organisation remained intact. Red Cross has a big challenge in the State, which is prone to cyclones and has a long coastline of more than 1,000 km, he said. He also asked the chairpersons and secretaries of Red Cross in all the 13 districts to prepare an action plan for strengthening the organisation in the new State.

Maintaining that Monday’s meeting was of historic importance, Justice Rao asked the chairpersons and secretaries to come out openly on their problems.

He said the most significant principle of Red Cross Society was ‘humanity’. “Despite a great deal of progress in science, technology and living standards, modern man appeared to be less humane,” Justice Rao observed.

Red Cross Society is burdened with a colossal responsibility of keeping the beacon burning, he said. Besides rescuing and rehabilitating victims of natural calamities, the Red Cross works to keep the life-saving blood within the reach of all sections, he said.

Former State Grandhalaya Samstha chairman and Padmasri award winner Turlapati Kutumbha Rao presided over the meeting. Andhra Pradesh Red Cross Society general secretary and CEO S. Balasubramanayam said the primary duty of the service organisation was “helping people in distress.” Former Mayor Jandhyala Sankar lauded the good work done by the Red Cross Society in Krishna district under the chairmanship A. Sridhar Reddy.

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