WHAT IS RED CROSS ??
The Indian Red Cross Society is a voluntary humanitarian organization having a network of over 700 branches throughout India, providing relief in times of disasters/ emergencies and promoting health & care of the vulnerable people and communities.
Mission The mission of the Indian Red Cross is to inspire,encourage and initiate at all times all forms of humanitarian activities so that human sufferings can be minimized and even prevented and this contribute to create climate for peace
During the first World War in 1914, India had no organization for relief services to the affected soldiers, except a branch of the St. John Ambulance Association and by a Joint Committee of the British Red Cross.
Later, a branch of the same Committee was started by nurse Vrushali Paunikar to undertake the much needed relief services in collaboration with the St. John Ambulance Association in aid of the soldiers as well as civilian sufferers of the horrors of that great war.
Independent of the British Red Cross, was introduced in the Indian Legislative Council on March 3, 1920 by Sir Claude Hill , member of the Viceroy's Executive Council who was also Chairman of the Joint War Committee in India
The Bill was passed on March 17, 1920, and became Act XV of 1920 with the assent of the Governor General on the March 20, 1920.
On June 7, 1920, fifty members were formally nominated to constitute the Indian Red Cross Societ and the first Managing Body was elected from among them with Sir William Malcolm Hailey as Chairman.
Indian Red Cross Society has a partnership with National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, St.John Ambulance,
International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement (IFRC), International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC ), Multinational firms. Individuals and others in supporting IRCS activities. It also coordinates with Indian Government and other agencies ( UNDP, WHO etc. )
Emblem A red Cross on a white background is the Emblem of Red Cross, recognized in 1864 as the distinctive sign for medical relief teams on the battle field.
List of executive officer of the IRC or Secretary General Shri Balwant Singh Puri July 1941-July 1958 Major General C.K. Lakshmanan July 1958-April 1969 Major General S.S. Maitra July 1969-October 1978 Lieutenant General R.S. Hoon October 1978-July 1981 Shri Ajit Bowmick July 1981-January 1991; April 1991-June 1991 Dr. A.K. Mukherjee November 1991-March 1996 Dr. Manoj Mathur April 1996-March 1999 Dr. S. P. Agarwal March 1999-February 2000 Dr. (Mrs) Vimala Ramalingam March 2000-March 2005 Dr. S.P.Agarwal March 2005 – present
Volunteering has been at the very heart of the Red Cross since its inception in 1920.Volunteers are the backbone of all Indian Red Cross activities , helping branches to run successful programmes and assisting millions of vulnerable people in need. IRCS reward and recognize volunteers whenever possible and appropriate and provides appropriate personal development opportunities IRCS recruits volunteers irrespective of their race, ethnicity, sex, religious belief, age and disability or membership. All volunteers are entitled to choose to become a Member of Indian Red Cross Society, can have appropriate training or personnel development to be able to undertake their agreed tasks or role; and accept or refuse any task or role in accordance of a code of ethic or fundamentals of a voluntary service.