Good samaritans taking victims to hospital to get Rs 5000 cash reward: Raj Govt
Jaipur: Emulating the example of Delhi, which had instated a cash reward of Rs 2000 for those who take a road accident victim to hospital, Rajasthan Government has launched 'Jeevan Rakshak Yojna (JRY),' a scheme under which a reward of Rs 5,000 will be given to a 'Good Samaritan' who rushes an accident victim to a hospital in the shortest possible time.
The person will also be honored by the state government with a 'letter of appreciation'.
The execution of the scheme will be through the health department and expenditure of the scheme will be borne by the road safety fund. The scheme will apply to both private and government hospitals.
'The scheme is aimed to motivate people so that people injured in road accidents can reach nearby hospitals in golden hour and get treatment,' a senior official of the finance department stated.
According to the scheme:
- The cash reward will be given in serious cases only where the injured needed to be admitted or be referred to the hospital for treatment.
- If there are more than one good Samaritans in a particular case, the cash reward will be divided equally among them, and appreciation letters given to all of them.
- Employees of 108 and 1033 ambulance staff, private ambulance; policemen and relatives of the injured will not be eligible for the scheme.
As per a WHO report, 50 per cent of road accident fatalities can be avoided if treatment is given on time.
Earlier in May 2018, Delhi Government had started a similar cash reward scheme for 'Good Samaritan'. The scheme was announced in August 2016 when a man had bled to death after being hit by a tempo in west Delhi and cleared by the state cabinet in 2017, reports HT.