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Govt:  Good Samaritans rushing accident victims to hospital to be awarded Rs 5,000

The Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has launched a Scheme for grant of Award to the Good Samaritan who has saved the life of a victim of a fatal accident involving a motor vehicle by administering immediate assistance.

The Scheme mainly aims to motivate the general public to help road accident victims in emergency situations, inspire and motivate others to save innocent lives on road. The Scheme would be effective from 15th of this month.

In the guidelines issued in this regard, the Ministry said, any individual who has saved the life of a victim of a fatal accident by administering immediate assistance and rushing to Hospital within the Golden Hour of the accident  would be eligible for the award. It said,  an individual Good Samaritan can be awarded a maximum 5 times in a year.

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The amount of award for the Good Samaritan would be five thousand rupees per incident. On receipt of communication from the Police Station and Hospital, the District Level Appraisal Committee will review and approve the proposals on a monthly basis.

The Ministry will provide 5 lakh rupees as initial grant to the Transport Department of the State and Union Territory for making payment to the Good Samaritans. Subsequently, the Ministry would reimburse the amount to the States and UTs on a monthly basis.

The Ministry added that a State Level Monitoring Committee under the Chairmanship of Principal Secretary (Home) will do Quarterly Meetings to monitor the proper implementation of the scheme. The Ministry further added that every year, the State Level Monitoring Committee of each State and UT will nominate three most worthy proposals for national level awards on yearly basis to it for further consideration.

The Ministry would have an Appraisal Committee for this purpose and they will review the proposals received from them and select the best ten Good Samaritans of the year. They will be awarded with one lakh rupees each along with a Certificate and trophy during National Road Safety Month (NRSM) in Delhi.


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