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Union youth ministy seeks report to replicat Saarthi model of Chandigarh to other states

October 18, 2019 10:32 PM

CHANDIGARH: Impressed by the success of project “Saarthi” initiated by the Chandigarh NSS Cell in collaboration with the Indian Red Cross Society, the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India, New Delhi, has asked the Cell to send detailed report of the project so that it could be replicated in other states. Under the project NSS volunteers shift wise are being deputed at PGI in service of patients and their attendants.

A delegation from Portuguese specially visited Chandigarh to take first hand information about the project. The delegation also visited the PGI and saw how the project worked. The delegation all praised for the NSS Cell and said that they came across such a ‘new thing’.    

Mr Bikram Rana, State Liaison Officer, Chadigarh NSS Cell, admitted of receiving a communication in this regards by his office. He also confirmed that a detailed report of the project has been sent to the ministry on Thursday.  

He further stated that the initiative, first-of-its-kind in the country, was visualized in January, 2018 in a bid to help and assist thousands of patients and their attendants who visited the PGI daily from far flung areas for medical services. The Administration had sought the support of NSS volunteers to sustain the activity.

The Cell has selected more than 500 volunteers who had presented themselves for this noble cause. These volunteers were trained in how to assist the patients in need of emergency treatment and OPD. Now the service has been extended to other departments and volunteers also help in filling and completing formalities.

The activity is run under a roster system and work schedule. The volunteers are deputed in a group of five in three shifts—7 a.m. to 12 noon; 12 noon to 5p.m and 5 p.m to 10 p.m, says Mr Rana. The Cell also keeps in mind the study of the volunteers and make sure that study of any volunteer is not disturb, he adds.

The authorities of PGI have provided a suitable space to run a ‘Help Desk’ for this purpose. All volunteers have been issued identity cards.

 Rana also disclosed that the multi-specialty hospital Sector 16 and GMCH-32 have also shown their keen interest in extending this facility to their hospitals. “Modalities have been completed and meetings with the authorities of two hospitals are held, ” said Mr Rana. Hopefully, project “Saarthi” will be extended to these hospitals soon.     

The project not only represents the social face of the Administration but also bring greater relevance to NSS activities. Such initiatives will definitely benefit NSS volunteers as they can use the opportunity to expand their horizon of community-related activities it in turn will be a booster dose for their career, feels Mr Rana.

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