DC Jalandhar asks Red Cross Society to set up book bank within its premises

Move aimed at ensuring access to quality education for poorest of poor students.

In a big reprieve to the needy students, the Deputy Commissioner Jalandhar Mr. Ghanshyam Thori today asked the District Red Cross Society to open a book bank for overcoming all hurdles in the way of their education.

Chairing a meeting of the annual general meeting of the Red Cross Society here at the District Administrative Complex here today, the Deputy Commissioner said that the book bank would provide access to the students without adequate funds to purchase them. He said that people should be encouraged to donate books in the book bank for helping the poor and needy students. He said that these books would be provided free of cost the needy students.

Acceding to the demand of the shopkeepers of the Red Cross Market to waive off their rent due to lockdown/ curfew, the Deputy Commissioner said that it was necessary as the business of these shopkeepers had suffered due to Covid 19. It was also decided to waive off one month’s rent in case any shopkeeper submits 11 months of rent in advance.

Recalling the stellar role of society during Covid crisis, the Deputy Commissioner said that the society had organized 84 blood donation camps during the period and collected 1573 units of blood. He said that during the peak covid period 23,745 masks, 10500 soap, 9500 sanitisers, 1230 gloves, 36,500 packets of cooked food, 50,575 packets of dry ration, 6180 bottles of juice along with free immunity booster medicine to 2800 families were provided free of cost.

Lauding the role of Jatinder Soni, a social worker, the deputy commissioner said that his selfless services to the people is encouraging others to follow his footsteps. Jatinder Soni, who is attached with the Red cross society said that  he has donated blood for as many as 137 times and besides organizing blood donation camps during the pandemic. He further added that he has adopted a total of 23 thalassemia affected children and his society was taking care of their treatment for the last five years. Notably, Jatinder Soni is a official at district courts and spent his entire salary on social cause.

On the occasion, Additional Deputy Commissioner Jasbir Singh, Sub Divisional Magistrates Mr. Rahul Sindhu, Dr. Sanjiv Sharma and Dr. Jai Inder Singh were also present.

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