The Modi government has taken an initiative to save the lives of those injured in road accidents, needing urgent and professional care. The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has promised Rs 5,000 to the person who takes the victim to the hospital within an hour of serious injury in the road accident. The ministry shared this information on 4 October.
The ministry wrote a letter to the principal secretaries and transport secretaries of all the states and union territories for the execution of the policy. In the letter, the ministry said that this scheme would be effective from 15 October 2021 to 31 March 2026.
Modi govt to certify as well as reward ‘Good Samaritans’
The Modi government on 4 October issued guidelines for the ‘Scheme for awarding noble helpers’. The ministry said that the purpose of this scheme was to motivate the general public to help road accident victims in emergency situations.
The ministry will issue a certificate, along with the cash prize, to the socially responsible citizen. The ministry said that, apart from this award, it will reward 10 most noble helpers at the national level with Rs 1 lakh each.
Every year 1.5 lakh people die in road accidents
Every year about 5 lakh road accidents happen in the country, in which about 1.5 lakh people are killed, while more than 4.5 lakh people become victims of accidents on the road. The government is very concerned about the death toll in road accidents, the ministry said.
Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari has asked all the stakeholders to take steps to reduce the number of people killed in road accidents. The ministry has set a target to reduce the deaths due to road accidents by 50% by 2025.
Gadkari said he was concerned about the fact that more people in India died due to road accidents than those in the US and China. This was an unenviable ranking India should rather not figure in, the minister said.