Talks on to include Red Cross in curriculum

UDUPI, MARCH 24. The Vice-Chairman of the State unit of the Indian Red Cross Society, S. Chandrashekhar Shetty, on Thursday said the Society is holding talks with the Government on inclusion of a chapter on Red Cross Society in school and college syllabus.

Talking to presspersons after inaugurating the Disaster Management Cell of the Society here, Dr. Shetty said the Society intended to hold eye-screening programme at the school level in the next academic year from November 1 to 14. It is training volunteers in this regard. These trainers will later come to districts and train volunteers at the district level.

The Society will enrol members for the Junior Red Cross and Youth Red Cross. A newly-built Red Cross Bhavan will soon come up in Bangalore with all facilities including a Ham Radio Centre. Ham radios played an important role during disasters, he said.

The Society has a centralised blood bank at Bangalore. The Society contributed Rs. 3.75 crores for tsunami relief, Dr. Shetty said. Commodities worth Rs. 50 lakhs had been sent to the affected areas, including Sri Lanka. The Society plans to build 50 houses either at Nagapattinam or Cuddalore or both at a cost of Rs. 75 lakhs. The process of land acquisition is on. The process and other formalities will take two to three months, Dr. Shetty added.

Sharath Kumar, Secretary of the Udupi unit of the Society, said the Cell in Udupi will be equipped with an ambulance to meet emergencies such as road accident and others. The Cell was looking forward for volunteers. People can donate materials to the cell. A new building of the Society with more facilities is expected to come up soon, he said.

The Deputy Commissioner, T. Sham Bhatt, the General Secretary of the Society, N.G. Narayan, and Basrur Rajeev Shetty of the Society, were present.

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