Take accident victim to hospital within 'golden hour' and receive Rs 5,000 prize
A Central scheme aimed at bringing down the fatalities in road accidents by rewarding Good Samaritans who rush the victims to a hospital within the "golden hour" has come into force in Madhya Pradesh, a senior official said on Saturday.
Under the 'Good Samaritan Scheme,' any person who saves the life of a victim of a road accident by rushing him to a hospital or a trauma centre would be rewarded with Rs 5,000.
"The Centre's Good Samaritan Scheme has come into effect on the day of Dussehra (October 15) in Madhya Pradesh'', State Traffic and Road Safety Additional Director General of Police (ADG) G Janardhan told PTI on Saturday.
He said the scheme was aimed at motivating the general public to help the victims of road accidents in emergencies and inspire and motivate others to save innocent lives.
In August, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways informed Parliament that a total of 3,66,138 road accidents occurred in India during the calendar year 2020, causing 1,31,714 deaths.
The ADG said a Good Samaritan is eligible for the cash prize in case the road accident victim sustains brain, spinal cord injuries or is admitted to the hospital for a minimum of three days or undergoes major surgery.