Wednesday, August 17, 2022

MoRTH announces ‘good Samaritan Scheme’

With an aim to motivate the public to help victims of road accidents, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) has announced “Good Samaritan Scheme”.
According to a DIPR report, under the scheme, any individual who saves life of a fatal road accident victim by administering immediate assistance and rushing them to the hospital within the “golden hour” will be awarded.
The scheme came into effect on October 15, 2021, and would remain operational till the completion of the 15th Financial Cycle i.e., March 31, 2026.
The amount of award for each good samaritan would be Rs. 5000 per incident. There will also be a 10 National Level Awards for the most-worthy good samaritans who will be selected from all those who have been awarded during the year with a cash award of Rs. 1, 00,000 each.
A standard and uniform format of acknowledgement is to be used by the police/hospitals and furnish to the appraisal committee at district level comprising the deputy commissioner, superintendent of police, chief medical officer and the regional/district transport officer. The Appraisal Committee will scrutinise details of the good samaritan and the incident, under the chairmanship of the deputy commissioner before submitting to the transport department for release of the cash award.

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