Justice A Lakshmana Rao, chairman of the Indian Red Cross Society, Andhra Pradesh State Branch, on Monday called upon youth to be humanitarian and extend a helping hand to the people in distress.

He stressed on the need to give training in first-aid to junior and young Red Cross Society members to minimise casualties during natural disasters and other emergencies. He lauded the services rendered by the society members to Hudhud cyclone victims.
Justice A Lakshmana Rao lighting a lamp to inaugurate the first AP convention on Monday
“The AP Branch of the society should expand its activities and always be on high alert as the vast coastline of the State is more prone to cyclones and floods. Youth should be made aware of their social responsibility by encouraging them to actively participate in service activities. The society should also focus on rehabilitation of victims of calamities,” he said. 

Society State general secretary S Balasubramanyam said that schools and colleges should motivate students to be members of the Red Cross Society as there was a need to further strengthen its activities in AP. The society is successfully running 43 blood banks and 82 blood storage centres to meet the emergency medical needs of people, he said, listing out the other service activities of the society.

Krishna District Red Cross Society chairman A Sridhar Reddy, general secretary I Ravi, managing committee member Turlapati Kutumba Rao, former mayor Dr Jandhyala Shankar and others were present. Junior members, Red Cross Society coordinators, blood bank medical officers, chairpersons and secretaries of 13 districts in the State attended the meeting.