“Ame Gadhiba, Ama Gaon” – Awareness Campaign should be organized by JRC, Odisha for creating awareness on health, hygiene & cleanliness : Hon’ble Minister, School & Mass Education.
Bhubaneswar, September 6th, 2013: The Working Committee Meeting of Junior Red Cross (JRC), Indian Red Cross Society, Odisha State Branch was hosted at Red Cross Bhavan. Shri Rabinarayan Nanda, Hon’ble Minister, School & Mass Education & Chairman, JRC Working Committee graced the occasion and presided over the meeting. Smt. Usha Padhee, IAS, Commissioner-cum- Secretary School & Mass Education Dept., Shri Benudhar Dash, IAS Director Secondary Education, Odisha, Shri Shibabrata Dash, IAS Director Elementary Education, Odisha and other members were also present. At the outset Dr. M.P. Mohanty, Secretary JRC extended a warm welcome to the members present on the occasion and subsequently placed the budget and Annual Action Report Plan before the committee. Dr. Sarita Supakar, JRCO (I/C) made a power point presentation on JRC Annual activities for the year 2012-2013.
Hon’ble Minister commended the sanitation drive propagated by JRC in schools of Odisha. He said that 98 per cent schools in Odisha observe Global hand Washing Day every year and owing to this, Odisha records a 61 percent availability of soaps in the school toilets, which is the highest and way ahead of other developed states. He proposed that JRC Counsellors of each school can ensure proper handwash before mid day meal in the schools. Hon’ble Minister propose a new programme known as “Ame Gadhiba, Ama Gaon” which will be started in the tribal belt of the state to create awareness on health, hygiene & cleanliness. As a part of the “Clean City, Green City” drive, it was discussed that this year the programme of Urban Slum cleanliness drive will be organized in two more districts i.e. Jajpur & Puri.
In addition, Hon’ble Minister, School & Mass Education & Chairman, JRC Working Committee suggested that the School Health Programme should be integrated with Red Cross for conducting blood grouping at school level. He proposed that study cum training camps for JRC volunteers should be organised at all the Districts & all Districts Volunteers from each Block should participate in the camp. The Districts need to remit their state share dues in time along with reports and updated list of schools.
As a part of the Clean & Green School Campaign, it was decided that priority will be given on Herbal & medicinal plantation within school premises along with fruit, vegetable bearing trees. For Schools with mid-day meal programme, maintaining a Kitchen Garden by JRC is preferable. The meeting ended with a formal vote of thanks.