October 21, 2021

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Centre to pay Rs 5,000 as reward to good samaritans assisting and rushing road crash victims to hospitals

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Centre to pay Rs 5,000 as reward to good samaritans assisting and rushing road crash victims to hospitals
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Centre to pay Rs 5,000 as reward to good samaritans assisting and rushing road crash victims to hospitals
Centre to pay Rs 5,000 as reward to good samaritans assisting and rushing road crash victims to hospitals

NEW DELHI: Now good samaritans assisting road crash victims in a fatal crash and rushing them to hospitals within “golden hour” will be eligible for a cash reward of Rs 5,000 and an appreciation letter. The road transport ministry has notified the scheme to encourage such persons to come to the rescue of victims and it will be rolled out from October 15. The scheme will continue till March 2026.
The ministry said the scheme is aimed at motivating people to help road crash victims in emergency situations, inspire and motivate others to save innocent lives. According to the law commission of India, 50% of the victims killed of preventable injuries including road crashes could be saved by ensuring medical care on time.
Golden hour has been defined as the period lasting one hour following a traumatic injury during which there is the highest likelihood of preventing death by providing prompt medical care. The ministry has defined “fatal crash” as one where any victim undergoes major surgery, minimum three days’ hospitalization, brain and spinal cord injuries.
The scheme specifies that the Rs 5,000 reward will be for one good samaritan saving the life of one or more victims of a single fatal crash involving a vehicle. If more than one Good Samaritan saves the life of one victim, the reward amount will be divided equally among them. In case more than one good samaritan saves the life of more than one victim the reward amount will be Rs 5,000 per victim saved subject to maximum Rs 5,000 per good samaritan.
The Centre will also reward 10 best good samaritans at national level with a cash award Rs 1 lakh each annually.
The guidelines published by the ministry say that in case the good samaritan informs the police about the crash, the police will provide an acknowledgement to the person after verifying details from a doctor on an official letter pad. The copy of the acknowledgement would then be sent to the appraisal committee formed at the district level under the chairmanship of the district magistrate by the police station concerned.
If the good samaritan takes the road accident victim to the hospital directly, the hospital will provide all the details to the police station concerned. The police shall provide an acknowledgement to such good samaritan, the guidelines said. Such cases will also be referred to the appraisal committee at the district level comprising senior officials.
The appraisal committee will review and approve the proposals on a monthly basis. This list would be sent to the transport commissioner for releasing the reward amount. The payment for selected good samaritan would be made online to their bank account directly by the transport department. Subsequently, the Centre will reimburse the payment to the states on a monthly basis.

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