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Distinguish between ‘fine’ and ‘donation’: Red Cross Society to Div Com

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Srinagar: The Indian Red Cross Society Jammu and Kashmir has asked the Divisional Commissioner Kashmir that a distinction should be made while using the Red Cross coupons.

In a letter addressed to Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, the Indian Red Cross Society, J&K, says that it has been receiving many complaints from various districts, especially Srinagar, that they are being given the Red Cross coupons in lieu of fines charged from them for violating COVID guidelines.

General Secretary, Indian Red Cross Society of Jammu and Kashmir, Kifayat H. Rizvi, according to the local news agency KNO said, that there has to be a distinction between a fine and a donation.

He said that people should be persuaded for adopting the Covid-appropriate behavior and encouraged to pay for the donations for the noble causes of Indian Red Cross society.

“My humble request is that instructions be issued to all who have been asked to use Red Cross coupons, that while implementing the SOPs, distinction has to be made between donation and fine. Indian Red Cross Society shouldn’t be associated with fines. I am afraid that if persuasion is substituted with force, it will harm the reputation of Indian Red Cross Society,” the letter written to the Div Com reads.

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