Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir government
on Wednesday issued a stern warning to those misusing the Red Cross
emblem on their vehicles, saying a drive will be launched to
curb this practice in the Valley.
"Misuse of Red Cross emblem shall not be tolerated,"
Divisional Commissioner (Kashmir) Abdul Majid Mir said while
chairing a high-level meeting of officers here.
The misuse of Red Cross emblem was going on despite
protests by Indian Red Cross Society (IRCS) and International
Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).
Not only civilians, but even several government
departments staff, including those from health and police,
have been accused of misusing the emblem.
The official directed the Red Cross to create awareness
among public to stop misuse of the symbol.
"Any vehicle found displaying Red Cross symbol should
be challaned (fined)," Mir said.
As per the provisions of the Geneva Convention Acts of
1949 and 1960, unauthorised use of the emblem is a punishable
offence in the country with a fine of Rs 500. Besides, the
vehicles and goods on which the emblem has been used without
authorisation are liable to be seized.