Amritsar Red Cross Society is a voluntary humanitarian organization that works to protect human beings in time of need.
We work under the aegis of Indian Red Cross Society (IRCS) founded in 1920 with Parliament Act XV of 1920 passed on 17 March 1920
District Red Cross Society has launched a cradle scheme from 01-01-2008. A Pangoora was installed at main gate of Red Cross Bhawan along with electric bell. It has been observed that moral values in the society are declining and crime rate is alarming day by day. Due to this menace the subject of illegal/unwanted newly born babies is challenging a new problem in the society. It has been noticed that such babies are often thrown in bushes or in dustbins where such babies are endangered to their life by the stray dogs. This is a great sin and is against all values and norms of the society. Keeping in view this menace, Distt. Red Cross Society, Amritsar has come forward and has launched a Cradle on 01-01-2008.
In response, 166 children have been received in Pangoora so far and after making all formalities / paper work, these children have been shifted to Shishu Grah Trust Jalandhar and Swami Ganga Nand Bhuri Wale International Foundation Dham Village -Talwandi Khurd Ludhiana for their further legal adoption under LAPA (Legal Adoption and Placement Agency).
To keep the people more aware under Beti Bachao Beti Padhao scheme, a lohri festival was celebrated with Pump and Show on 12-01-2016 at Red Cross Bhawan, Amritsar. The great celebration of 100th female child received in Pangoora was initiated specially with the movement of female foeticide.
To improve the adverse sex ratio and PNDT Act, a grant of Rs. 5.00 lacs was received from Director Social Security Women and Child Development Department, Chandigarh. For the purpose a committee comprising DEO (S), Principal, SR Government College for Women and Executive Secretary of Red Cross was constituted. Under this scheme books related with prominent personalities of Women Empowerment worth Rs. 3 lakhs were purchased from National Book Trust of India, Ministry of HR and Development, New Delhi and were sent to various government educational and other institutions of District Amritsar and the remaining amount of Rs. 2.00 lakhs was allocated to SDM's, Civil Surgeon and DEO(S) for spending on activities like organizing Natak, Seminar, Cultural Progrmmmes, Awareness & Improvement of adverse sex ratio and PNDT Act through BDPO's, CDPO's and Anganwari Workers.
Sahara Short Stay Home for deserted and destitute women is run by the Red Cross Society, District Branch, Amritsar under the supervision of Hospital Welfare Section. This section visit the home from time to time to take care of the inmates. In addition to the above, the Chairperson of hospital welfare section solemnizes the marriages of inmates of Sahara Short Stay home and Nari Niketen. Recently, a historic event was witnessed on 31st May, 2014 in the holy city of 10 guru's in which 13 girls having no one to call them to own, became a part of their own families and started a new life. This monumental event was brought together by the Amritsar Chapter of Indian Red Cross Society, District Branch, Amritsar under the dynamic leadership of present Chairperson, Hospital Welfare Section, Amritsar. In which 13 marriages of homeless and destitute girls, who were inmates of State After care Home and Sahara Short Stay Home, Amritsar being supervised by Red Cross, Amritsar were solemnized with great dignity and fervor at Gurudwara Chhevi Patshahi, Ranjit Avenue, Amritsar.
The Indian Red Cross Society, District Branch, Amritsar helps the needy and homeless peoples in the city. The Chairman and a Chairperson of the society along with the staff visits the various places during the nights of peak winter season and gave them blankets to the homeless peoples sleepings on footpaths, Railway Station, open parks and sleeping outside the Mandir and Gurudwaras.
The society organizes various blood donation camps at variuos places of District Amritsar so that the lives of injured patients be saved and there should not be a short supply in the government Hospitals in case of any emergency. Despite of various camps, the society organized a Mega Blood Donation Camp on 1st Sep., 2013 at Red Cross Bhawan, Amritsar and other places of the district, in which 1031 units of blood were collected in one day. During the financial year 2015-16, 10 camps have been organized in coordination with Blood Bank, GND Hospital, Amritsar.
The society imparts the first aid and home nursing training to the students of various Educational Institutions and youth of the district Amritsar. By taking training of first aid and home nursing one can save the lives of the persons injured in road accidents and in any emergency at home or at anywhere.
District Disability & Rehabilitation Centre, Amritsar has been started by the Red Cross Society, Amritsar for providing tricycles, hearing aids, wheel chairs and artificial limbs to the handicapped persons. In this centre, the artificial limbs (like Arms, Foot, Legs etc.) are fabricated to the physically handicapped free of cost, Tricycles, Wheel Chairs and Hearing Aids are also given free of cost to the poor and needy peoples so that they can walk and work. Now, we have tied with an NGO Viklang Sewa Kendra, Ambala Cantt for providing artificial limbs free of cost.
District Red Cross Branch, Amritsar has taken up the project to keep the holy city Amritsar free from beggars. A scheme of beggary home was started w.e.f. Feb., 2010 to provide the temporary shelter to the beggars /homeless, the building of Dr. Karam Singh Ward (Old Ortho Hospital) has been selected for the purpose. Under this scheme, about 2500 beggars have been provided shelter. All the facilities like food, medicines and clothes etc. are provided. Some of them have also been rehabilitated. At present, 25 beggars are living in the shelter home. It is stated that whenever any emergency is required, proper medical assistance is provided to them in Civil Hospital, Amritsar. For their recreation, T.V. set has also been installed and hot water facility is also provided.
Indian Red Cross Society, District Branch, Amritsar taken over the Jan Aushadhi Store on 22.4.2010. The required medicines are provided to the patients by Indian Red Cross Society, District Branch, Amritsar at cheaper rates by purchasing the medicines from approved six P.S.U. companies .Whenever there is an epedemic of dengue, kits (dengue) on cheaper rates are provided. Moreover, injections of hepatitis A,B & C are also provided on subsidies rates.
It is pertinent to mention here that prisoners i.e. fishermen/civilians released by Pakistan authorities through Wagha Border, Attari and they are brought to Red Cross Bhawan for their hospitality. Huge No. of fishermen have been placed at Red Cross Bhawan and then they were handed over to Govt. of Gujrat, Department of Fisheries. The Civilian prisoners have been lodged at Red Cross Bhawan for sending them to their native places.
In addition to this, some civilian prisoners have also been repatriated from Pakistan through Wagha Border and kept at Red Cross Bhawan. Most of these prisoners are mentally disturbed even they are not in position to tell their proper residential address. Indian Prisoners who were repatriated from Pakistan had an emotional reunion with their families. District Red Cross Society, Amritsar become hosts to Musharaf Hussian of Bangladesh and Mohammed Ahmed of UP. The two were released from Pakistan jail and received at Wagha Border in January, 2012. After making all efforts, Musharaf Hussian was sent to Bangladesh but Mohammed Ahmed of Muradabad (UP) was reunited with his relatives after 4 years. There was one Sanesar Chowdary from Samastipur Bihar, he was released after 35 years and reunited with his family. District Red Cross Branch, Amritsar has been received 1203 prisoners including 1160 fishermen and 43 civil prisoners so far. Their stay at Red Cross Bhawan consist of Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
The Indian Red Cross Society, District Branch, Amritsar is having Working Women Hostel, Amritsar. It has 54 single rooms with an attached kitchen and toilet in each rooms. This hostel is providing accommodation to the inmates of the hostel and to the students coming from the other districts at very genuine rates. By providing this shelter, the society is providing congenial atmosphere and proper security to the inmates. This building was constructed in 1982 and now the condition of the building is dilapidated and requires its renovation.
The society play a very vital role to patch up the family disputes of husband and wife. The disputes of the family are settled amicably. The Chairperson and well experienced members of the society listen the husband and wife. They counsel them and settle their cases. The society has settled so many family disputes and saved them from litigation and disturbance of their children.
Training Centre at Kt. Sher Singh and Bhrariwal, Asr. :- The society is running a sewing training centre at Katra Sher Singh and at village Bhrariwal ( Slum area) , Amritsar in which training is imparted to the poor and needy girls and women so that they can earn and may live their lives smoothly. From this centre, many girls have got sewing training and settle in their lives. After passing the course, certificates are also given
Training Centre:- The society is running a beautician centre at Red Cross Bhawan, Amritsar . In this centre, beautification training is imparted to the needy girl and women so that they may live their lives with status.
Computer has become an integral part of our lives in a very short span of time and everyone needs computer training to earn a good livelihood. Every office and even shops use computers to carry out day to day tasks of their business.
The society is running two computer centre at Red Cross Bhawan and near bus stand. In these centre, the computer training is imparted in different batches at nominal rates so that the education of computer may be given to the poor and needy students.
The learners make a great career in this field when they have a good knowledge of computer operations and programming.
Medical Assistance to poor people:- Poor patients who do not afford medicines for their treatment come to Worthy Deputy Commissioner-Cum-President-Indian Red Cross Society, Amritsar regularly for seeking medical assistance. Our Deputy Commissioner is kind enough towards poor patients and immediately extend medical assistance as per their prescription. It is stated that when there was a big issue of mass eye operation in the media, about 60 victims of this eye operation camp conducted at Shri Hargobindpur , Gurdaspur where many of them lost their vision were brought to Ram Lal ENT and Eye Hospital of Government Medical College, Amritsar for treatment but there was shortage of medicines as a result hospital authorities were facing difficulties to treat these patients.
Deputy Commissioner-Cum-President of Indian Red Cross Society, Amritsar visited the hospital immediately to assess the situation how it was serious. He immediately given medicines worth Rs. 50,000/- out of Red Cross funds. Fruit was distributed and necessary arrangements for their meals etc. was also arranged. During the year 2015-16, the following relief was given:
|1||Medicines to poor persons||₹1,65,326-00|
|2||Sewing Machines (88 Nos.)||₹1,76,000-00|
|3||Tricycles (37 Nos.)||1,85,000-00|
|4||Blankets (500 Nos.)||1,00,000-00|
|5||Ladies suits for poor (500nos.)||1,00,000-00|
Besides the above, a relief material was sent to Jammu and Kashmir in the month of August-September, 2014, Kashmir was adversely affected by floods and many villages and people of the state were marooned. Keeping in view the emergent situation, Punjab Government declared to send relief material in shape of food, water, medicines blankets through Amritsar by Air. For the purpose Deputy Commissioner-Cum-President of the District Red Cross society, Amritsar was co-coordinator of Punjab for sending relief material further to Jammu and Kashmir. by air.
keeping In view the above activities of Red Cross for the noble cause of suffering humanity , I humbly request all the citizen of Amritsar and Punjab to donate generously all donation to Red Cross are exempted under Section 80G of Income Tax Act 1961 . Amritsar is the branch in Punjab who has this exemption under section 80 G and registered with Income Tax Department under section 12A.
PresidentSh. Shivdular Singh Dhillon, IAS
Deputy Commissioner, Amritsar
Mrs. Alka, PCS
Secretary Red Cross
Sh Randhir Singh
For Donors Depositing in Bank
Indian Red Cross Society
District Branch Amritsar
A/c No: 9160-2002-6217-813