Delhi To Bear Treatment-Cost Of Road Accident Victims In Capital
In a move to save lives of people in the capital, the Delhi state government is planning to bear the cost of treatment of the victims of motor accidents occurring on the city’s roads. The state has also proposed to cover for the victims of fire incidents and acid attacks on the city’s roads. The state government will bear the cost at the city’s private hospitals under its new scheme. The scheme announcement was made on Dec 12.
The government has also clarified that there is no upper limit on the expenses to be borne by the state.The scheme was unveiled at a Cabinet meeting which was chaired by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. The scheme is yet to be sent to Delhi Lt Governor Anil Baijal for his approval.
Delhi’s Health Minister Satyendar Jain said with respect to the scheme that free medical treatment will be provided to the victims irrespective of their domicile in case of burns, motor accidents and acid attacks on Delhi’s roads.
Nearly 8,000 accidents occur on Delhi roads every year. It affects 15,000-20,000 people. Of these, 1,600 people die every year in road accidents.
The AAP government approved another ‘Good Samaritan Policy’ which rewarded Rs 2,000 and an appreciation certificate to people who help road accident victims in the national capital.Both the schemes would be launched together after the t Governor gives his nod for the latter.