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Reward for taking accident victims to hospital: Govt

As the apathy of people to road accident victims was exposed again after a security guard bled to death in West Delhi, the city government on Thursday said it will soon announce a scheme under which people, including drivers of taxis and auto-rickshaws, will be rewarded for taking victims to hospital.

Delhi Home Minister Satyendar Jain said that the government has prepared a draft of the scheme where an incentive will be announced to ensure immediate help to road accident victims in the national Capital. The draft will be tabled in the Cabinet by the end of this month and then sent to LG Najeeb Jung for his approval.

The government’s move comes a day after a 35-year-old security guard died on road after being hit by a speeding delivery van in West Delhi’s Subhash Nagar area, with no passer-by coming to his help for an hour while a rickshaw puller stole the victim’s mobile phone.

The government has prepared an incentive scheme under which people including drivers of taxi and auto, taking road accident victims to hospital will be rewarded,” the Home Minister said. He also said that a Cabinet note has been prepared in this regard. The proposal of the scheme will soon be tabled in the Delhi Cabinet by the end of this month and subsequently, it will be sent to the LG for his final approval to implement the scheme in the city. 

Jain said that usually people don’t take road accident victims to nearest hospital fearing that they may be questioned by the police. 

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