Speech of Shri T R Zeliang, Chief Minister, Nagaland, on the occasion of the 28th Annual General Meeting of the Indian Red Cross Society, Nagaland State Branch, at Raj Bhavan, Kohima on 13th June 2014 .
Hon’ble Governor of Nagaland, Dr. Ashwani Kumar, who is also the President, Indian Red Cross Society, Nagaland, Mrs Abeni TCK, Chairman, Indian Red Cross Society of Nagaland, Patrons, Vice-Patrons and other Members of the Indian Red Cross Society, Nagaland.
Respected Chief Secretary, senior civil and military officers, ladies and gentlemen.
- It is my pleasant duty to participate in this 28th Annual General Meeting of the Indian Red Cross Society, Nagaland State Branch. I am also happy to note from the report of the General Secretary that there has been significant progress in various activities of the Society during the last one year and for which I extend my congratulations to the dedicated office bearers of IRCS, Nagaland for their tireless efforts in the current year.
- It is heartening to note that the Nagaland Branch of the Indian Red Cross Society is making great stride by establishing itself across the State. I am also delighted to learn that in the enrolment drive launched by the Society during 2013-14, …… new members were newly enrolled yet sadly there’s no fresh enrolment in Mokokchung. Unlike last year, the districts of Dimapur, Zunheboto, and Tuensang have showed some enrolment with Tuensang showing good progress at 37 . I would, therefore, urge the respective Deputy Commissioners of these 3 districts who are also the Chairman of the District Branches, to take more pro-active role to intensify the enrolment drive and expand the vision of IRCSN in your own respective district.
- Let me take this opportunity to remind ourselves of the Seven Fundamental Principles of Red Cross – Humanity, to bring assistance without discrimination, to prevent and alleviate human suffering wherever it may be found and to promote mutual understanding, friendship, cooperation and lasting peace amongst all peoples. Impartiality, where there is no discrimination as to nationally, race, religious beliefs, class or political opinions. Neutrality, enjoying the confidence of all, without taking sides in hostilities or engage in controversies of a political, racial, religious or ideological nature. Independence, through autonomy so that we may be able at all times to act in accordance with the principles of the Movement. Voluntary service, where relief movement is not prompted in any manner by desire for gain. Unity, through one Red Cross in carrying on its humanitarian work throughout its territory. Universality, having equal status and share equal responsibilities and duties.
- taking care of our environment for the sake of future posterity. Climate changes through global warming has become a threat to the ultimate survival of humanity. We all need to actively support initiatives and interventions that would bring about mitigations and adaptations to climate change.
- It will be befitting today to place on record our gratitude to the ICRC HQ, Geneva who had come forward to help and assist Red Cross Society of Nagaland in projects for water harvesting community health centres, health rehab projects all across the State.
- In conclusion, I wish the new team of Nagaland Branch of the Indian Red Cross Society under chairmanship of, all the very best in their endeavour to serve humanity.