New Delhi: “Sewa and Sahyog are part of our legacy and they form an integral part of our Sanskar. These also underscore and define the motto of the Indian Red Cross Society which is known for its work of helping and assisting humanity in times of need and emergencies.” Mansukh Mandaviya, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare and Chair of the IRCS, as he opened the Indian Red Cross Society (IRCS) Heads of State/UTs Leadership Meeting here today.
The purpose of the two-day Chitan Shivir is to discuss ways and means to improve the way IRCS works. The meeting was attended by Chairs, Vice-Chairs, Secretaries and other dignitaries of the Red Cross IRCS.
dr Mansukh Mandaviya congratulated the IRCS on its commendable work, stating that “the Red Cross is identified with hope and ‘Asha’ for people. It embodies credibility and a secure presence.” At the same time, he warned that IRCS could lose its relevance and identity if it didn’t keep up with the changing times. “IRCS needs to self-assess its strengths and weaknesses and create an action plan as it redefines itself to accommodate its changing role over time. This may require deep immersion in structural and organizational structures, disciplined work by IRCS regional centres, transparency in appointments, better grievance mechanisms and better use of digital technology for human-centric activities, among other things,” he noted.
Speaking on the advances in India’s healthcare facilities recently seen during the Covid pandemic, the Union Minister said: “We are always fascinated by other countries’ healthcare models, but COVID has shown the strength of our system and exposed the weaknesses of even advanced countries . India not only managed COVID with successful regional models, but also provided international support through medicines and vaccines under Vaccine Maitri to many countries. It is commendable that our medicines have not suffered in quality and we have not taken advantage of the situation with higher prices. This reflects our deep adherence to the philosophy of Vasudeva Kutumbakam,” he stressed.
dr Mandaviya asked participants for suggestions on starting unique ventures and expanding the scope of IRCS. Participants openly shared their thoughts on best practices and innovative endeavors.