By Our Staff Reporter
Dehradun, 29 Nov: The Young Indian (Yi) Dehradun Chapter organised an awareness drive for Organ Donation in Doon, today. The activity was conducted under the Gift an Organ Vertical of the Yi, as an integral part of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), a non-government, not-for-profit, industry-led and industry managed organisation, playing a proactive role in India’s development process. Formed in 2002, Young Indians (Yi) provides a platform for young Indians to work towards realising the dream of a developed nation. Young Indians (Yi) Dehradun Chapter was launched on 7 August, 2020, and has gained good traction in Uttarakhand with a growing membership of 29+ active members at present.
Organ donation in India is associated with various myths and religious beliefs, yet, as many as 10340+ organs are being donated across India as per National Organ & Tissue Transplant Organisation, GoI (NOTTO). It is said that One Donor can save up to 8 lives and change 9 lives. The Dehradun Chapter felt the need for creating awareness on this issue and organised a fun linked – A Car Treasure Hunt: Explore the Town Race – an App based Contactless, Clue Car Rally – to sensitise people on this issue keeping in mind the current social distancing norms.
Ashok K Windlass, Chairman, CII Uttarakhand State Council and Managing Director, Windlass Biotech, and Vipul Dawar, Vice Chairman, CII Uttarakhand State Council and Managing Director, Indo German Brakes Pvt Ltd, flagged off the rally from Rajpur Road this morning. Windlass appreciated the initiative taken by Yi and urged holding of such awareness sessions for mass sensitisation.
Rahul Singhal, Chair, Young Indians (Yi) Dehradun Chapter shared that the objective of this activity it to make people aware of the myths surrounding Organ Donation. He described it as a noble activity for the benefit of the community. He added that, presently in Uttarakhand, only the Eye as an organ can be donated as per the State’s norms. He sought easing of norms on organ donation (on the individual’s wish) for the benefit of the community.
During the concluding ceremony Dr Sanjoy Das, Professor & Head, Department of Forensic Medicine, & Deputy Medical Superintendent, Swami Rama Himalayan University (SHRU), (Jolly Grant), addressed participants on related taboos.
Harshit Gupta, Co-Chair, Young Indians (Yi) Dehradun Chapter with chapter members and select invited participants were present on the occasion.