Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi government under a new scheme will pay for the treatment of acid attack, motor accidents and fire accidents victims at private hospitals.
The decision was taken during a Cabinet meeting, chaired by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, on Tuesday, and will be sent to Lt. Governor Anil Baijal for approval.
There will no upper ceiling for the expenses borne by the Delhi administration.
At a press conference, Health Minister Satyendar Jain said that irrespective of domicile of the victims, free medical treatment will be provided to them in case of burns, motor accidents and acid attacks on Delhi’s roads.
The health minister said that the Delhi government would bear the treatment cost of such people in both its own and private hospitals.
“The move is aimed at saving lives of such people during the golden hour after accidents on Delhi’s roads, be it road accident, fire and acid attacks,” Jain told reporters.
Most people attempt to take road accident victims to a government hospital even if a private hospital in nearby, thereby denying treatment within the ‘Golden Hour’, he said.
Jain claimed that 8,000 accidents occur on Delhi roads every year, affecting 15,000-20,000 people, and about 1,600 people die every year due to road accidents.
In January, the AAP government approved ‘Good Samaritan Policy’ under which monetary incentive of Rs 2,000 and appreciation certificate would be given to people, who help road accident victims in the national capital.
Talking about the scheme, Jain said that this scheme and newly-approved road accident scheme would be launched together soon after the the Lt Governor gives his nod for the latter.