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Centre announces financial reward for taking road accident victims to hospital

The amount to be awarded to the “good Samaritan” will be Rs 5,000 per incident.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi |
Updated: October 6, 2021 5:55:35 am
The deceased have been identified as Dilawar Baloch (60) and Shaista Saiyyad (20), both residents of the slum locality.

Any person who saves the life of a victim of a road accident by taking them to a hospital within the “golden hour” will be given a financial reward, the Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has said after issuing detailed guidelines for the same.

The amount to be awarded to the “good Samaritan” will be Rs 5,000 per incident. On receipt of communication from the local police or hospital, a district-level appraisal committee will review and approve proposals for the rewards on a monthly basis.

The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways will provide Rs 5 lakh as an initial grant to the transport department of States/UTs for the distribution of the rewards. Subsequently, the ministry will reimburse the amount to the States/UTs on monthly basis.

A state-level monitoring committee under chairmanship of Principal Secretary (Home) will do quarterly meetings to monitor the proper implementation of scheme, a government statement said.

“Any individual who has saved life of a victim of a fatal accident involving a motor vehicle by administering immediate assistance and rushing to hospital within the Golden Hour of the accident to provide medical treatment would be eligible for the award. An individual good Samaritan can be awarded maximum five times in a year,” a statement on Tuesday said.

The “golden hour” is the first 60 minutes following an injury or trauma during which proper medical care gives a patient their best chance of survival.

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