Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Cuttack, Mar 3:
Odisha’s ruling Biju Janata Dal today organised a function at Jawaharlal Nehru Indoor Stadium of Cuttack to celebrate collection of over 1,00,000 units of blood in past one year under its ‘Jiban Bindu’ programme.
The party thanked voluntary organisation ‘Aama Odisha’ for pioneering blood donation in the state and BJD President Naveen Patnaik felicitated Aama Odisha Chairman Soumya Ranjan Patnaik on the occasion.
“I want no one in this state to die for the want of blood. This is why we started the ‘Jiban Bindu’ programme. I am delighted that we have collected over 1 lakh units of blood in the past year. We will continue this blood donation programme,” said Naveen speaking on the occasion.
In his reaction Soumya Ranjan Patnaik said that he dreams of a day when no one would die because of unavailability of blood in the state.
“Through Jiban Bindu programme I experienced that incredible achievements become easily attainable when a ruling party owns up a cause. I would like this to be extended to others areas too. This programme would truly become a success, if blood becomes freely available to the patients. Besides, blood test can be conducted without charges if the government allocates only Rs 10-15 crore in the budget. Also, the government needs to ensure an equal pay package for all workers of similar skills involved in blood collection,” he added.
Speaking on the occasion, Odisha Health Minister Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak urged other voluntary organisations to come forward and help collecting blood.
“The Chief Minister has set a target of collecting 1,00,000 units of blood in the first year. We have been successful in achieving that. The blood donation drive is doing really good in the state. I would like to thank Soumya Ranjan Patnaik, the Chairman of the Appraisal Committee and the four coordinators for the success,” said BJD MLA Debashish Samantaray.
Notably, announced on March 5, 2015, BJD started its Jiban Bindu programme the same day to commemorate the 99th birth anniversary of Biju Patnaik.
Aama Odisha, on the other hand, collected 42,440 units of blood in 2015 as we reported here.