Govt to launch cashless treatment scheme for accident victims: PM

Concerned over the high rate of casualties in accidents, the government will soon bring a Road Transport and Safety Bill and launch cashless treatment for mishap victims, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in his monthly radio programme Mann ki Baat.

Talking about road accidents, he mentioned the case of a scooter rider lying bleeding on a road in Delhi with nobody helping him.“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,” the Prime Minister noted.Keeping this in mind, the government will soon bring a Road Transport and Safety Bill, he said.The government is also planning other important measures like putting in place a National Road Safety Policy and Road Safety Action Plan, he said.

A project under which cashless treatment will be given to accident victims, wherein the victim does not have to worry for the first 50 hours as to who pays the money for treatment, will also be launched soon, he said.The project will be launched in Gurgaon, Jaipur and Vadodara and then to Mumbai, Ranchi, Rungaon and Maurya national highways.