Indian Red Cross Society is Non-religious, Non-governmental, Secular, Non-political, international humanitarian organization. Indian Red Cross Society was established and incorporated under the Parliament Act XV of 1920 (Amended by Act No. 22 of 1956 and the Adaption of Law (No 4) order of 1957 and the Act. No. 14 of 1992).
Indian Red Cross Society is a member of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and is recognized by the International Committee of Red Cross. It has wide network of over 700 branches providing disaster relief, health and social welfare programs in India. Honorable President of India is the president, Honorable Prime Mister is the Vice President and Honorable Health Minister is the Chairman of IRCS.
Gujarat State Branch of Indian Red Cross Society came into existence in the year 1960 where Governor of State is the Present and State Health Minister is the Vice President of the State Branch. There are 23 District and 46 Sub District Branch of Gujarat State Branch.
A battle ground of Solferino inspired the idea of The Red Cross where Italy and Austria fought bloody battle in 1859.
Henry Dunant, a Swiss Businessman provided first aid to some 40,000 wounded soldiers with the help of local people. After returning to Geneva, he wrote a book “Memories of Solferino”. This book highlighted impartiality to the people who come forward for help to wounded soldiers, their protection against war and to established neutral body for wounded people at the time of war in every country.
The Red Cross was established in international Committee in 1963. The emblem of Red Cross was adopted by 12 countries in first Geneva Convention.
Within 10 years, Red Cross was established in 22 countries which further grown to 150 countries in 1991.
The Indian Red Cross Society, Vadodara District Branch shall be guided in its work by the principles of International humanitarian law and shall respect the fundamental principles of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement namely,
The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, born of a desire to bring assistance without discrimination to the wounded on the battlefield, endeavors, in its international and national capacity, to prevent and alleviate human suffering wherever it may be found, its purpose is to protect life and health and to ensure respect for the human being. It promotes mutual understanding, friendship, co-operation and lasting peace amongst all people.
It makes no discrimination as to nationality, race, religious beliefs, class or political opinions. It endeavors to relieve the suffering of individuals, being guided solely by their needs, and to give priority to the most urgent cases of distress.
In order to continue to enjoy the confidence of all the Movement may not take sides in hostilities or engage at any time in controversies of a Political, racial, and religious of ideological nature.
The Movement is independent. The National Societies, while auxiliaries in the humanitarian services of their governments and subject to the laws of their respective countries, must always maintain their autonomy so that they may be able at all times to act in accordance with the principles of the Movement.
It is a voluntary relief movement not prompted in any manner by desire for gain.
There can be only one Red Cross Society in any one country. It must be open to all. It must carry on its humanitarian work throughout its territory.
The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, in which all Societies have equal status and share equal responsibilities and duties in helping each other, is worldwide.