People usually refrain from helping out or reaching out to a person in need on roads, after road accidents fearing the police investigations and many other legal formalities, even if it’s our duty as a citizen to help out someone in need. While police and governments repeatedly inform that helping the injured person in an accident is a service to humanity and the police will not bother you if you do so.
Despite this, common people hesitate to take the injured to the hospital out of fear. However, now the Government of India has brought up a unique initiative to resolve this.
The Road Transport and Highways Ministry shared the information of starting a special “Scheme to award good samaritans” for people who take road accident victims to the hospital within an hour of serious injury. The Road ministry on Monday stated that a cash prize of Rs 5,000 will be given to the person who takes the injured in a road accident to the hospital.
In a letter to the Principal Secretaries and Transport Secretaries of all the states and union territories, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways said that this scheme will be effective from 15th October 2021 to 31st March 2026, while issuing the guidelines for 'Scheme to award good samaritans' on Monday.
The ministry said that the objective of this scheme is to motivate the general public to help road accident victims in an emergency. A certificate will also be given along with the cash prize. The ministry said that apart from this award, 10 most noble helpers at the national level will be given an award of Rs one lakh each.