A project under which cashless treatment will be given to road accident victims, will be launched very soon in India. As announced Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his Mann Ki Baat programme, the victims will not have to worry about the cost of treatment for the first 50 hours, once the project is implemented.
In India, one person dies due to a road accident every four minutes. As shocking as these numbers are, the fact that many people hesitate when it comes to helping accident victims on roads, is equally sad and frightening.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi talked about the seriousness of this issue in his monthly Mann Ki Baat radio programme. He began by mentioning about a case in Delhi, where a scooter driver was lying on the street, bleeding, and nobody was willing to help him.
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“Several people have been writing to me that I should speak on road safety to create awareness about it. When we see the figures, we notice that in India, an accident takes place every minute and a death due to these takes place every four minutes. Among the victims, one-third are in the age group of 15-25 years,” he said.
Keeping this in mind, he announced that the government is working on a Road Transport and Safety Bill and plans to bring up a National Road Safety Policy and Road Safety Action Plan are also under way.
Other than these, a project for cashless treatment of accident victims will also be launched soon, under which, the victim will not have to worry about the payments, or who is paying for his/her treatment, in the first 50 hours. It will be launched in Gurgaon, Jaipur and Vadodara first and then in Mumbai, Ranchi, Rungaon and Maurya national highways.
Expressing concern about the increasing number of people who are suffering because of accidents, he also advised parents to speak to their children about the importance of road safety.
A cashless treatment option is good start and will not only be useful for victims, but also for those who help the victims and take them to the hospital. This will be of immense help when it comes to getting the treatment started on time, without any hassles of payments. We hope the project will get implemented very soon.