The Indian Red Cross Society is a
voluntary humanitarian organization to protect human life and health based in
India. It is part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, and
so shares the Fundamental Principles of the International Red Cross and Red
Crescent Movement. The society’s mission is providing relief in times of
disasters/emergencies and promoting health & care of vulnerable people and
communities. It has a network of over 700 branches throughout India. The
Society uses the Red Cross as an emblem in common with other international Red
Cross societies. Volunteering has been at the very heart of the Indian Red
Cross Society since its inception in 1920, with the Society having Youth and
Junior volunteering programmes. The Society is closely associated with the
St John Ambulance in India. History
During the First World War relief services for affected soldiers in India
was provided by a branch of the Joint War Committee, a collaboration between
the St. John Ambulance Association and the British Red Cross. On 3 March 1920 a
bill was introduced to the Indian Legislative Council by Sir Claude Hill
to constitute the Indian Red Cross Society, independent of the British Red
Cross. The Bill was passed as the Indian Red Cross Society Act, 1920 on 17 March
1920, and became Parliament Act XV of 1920 with the assent of the Governor
General on the 20 March 1920. On 7 June 1920 fifty members were
formally nominated to constitute the Indian Red Cross Society from members of
the Indian branch of the Joint War Committee. The first Managing Body was
elected from among them with Sir William Malcolm Hailey as Chairman.
In 1947 some of the IRCS assets were provided to found the Pakistan Red
Crescent Society. The act governing the IRCS was last
amended by The Indian Red Cross Society Bill, 1992.
Organization The IRCS has 35 State / Union
Territories Branches with their more than 700 districts and sub district
branches. The President of India is the President
of the IRCS The Minister of Health and Family
Welfare is the Chairman of the Society. The National Managing Body consists of
19 members. The Chairman and 6 members of the
managing body are nominated by the President. The remaining 12 are elected
by the state and union territory branches through an electoral college.
The Vice Chairman is elected by the members of the Managing Body.
The Managing Body is responsible for governance and supervision of the
functions of the society through a number of committees.
The Secretary General is the Chief Executive of the Society.
List of Secretary Generals of the Indian Red Cross Society
See also International Red Cross and Red Crescent
Movement Emblems of the International Red Cross
and Red Crescent Movement References
External links Indian Red Cross Society official
website – http:www.indianredcross.org/