IEP DEHRADUN AUGUST 28, 2022
The Uttarakhand police will provide cash reward and a citation to citizens who provide certain assistance to victims of road traffic accidents. The State’s director general of police Ashok Kumar informed that The Road Transport and Highways ministry has launched the Good Samaritans scheme in order to mitigate the loss caused by road traffic accidents. Good Samaritans who provide assistance to persons injured in traffic accidents are rewarded under the scheme.
In the State, the departmental Good Samaritans reward scheme has been launched. As part of this scheme, any person who undertakes particular actions to provide assistance to road traffic accident victims, the police will present cash reward and citation to the good Samaritan.
Those eligible for rewards under this scheme include those who provide primary treatment to a person injured in a road traffic accident, those who undertake rescue and relief effort to transport accident victims to the hospital on time, those who transport in private vehicle a person injured in road accident in case of unavailability of ambulance and those who donate blood when required for a road accident victim or publicise the need for the same to secure a donor of the required blood group. Further, those who provide financial assistance to a person injured in a road accident, assist or contribute effectively towards prevention of road accidents and raise awareness regarding good Samaritans through advertisements, social media and print media will also be eligible for the reward.
The rewards in the last two categories will be 10 per cent maximum. According to the police headquarters, the good Samaritans reward scheme will be executed at three levels in the State. At the police headquarters level the Uttarakhand police will present first position reward amounting to Rs 25,000 followed by Rs 10,000 and Rs 5,000 for the second and third positions respectively. At the traffic directorate level, the traffic director will present Rs 5,000, Rs 3,000 and Rs 2,000 for the first, second and third positions respectively. At the district level, the senior/ superintendent of police will present Rs 3,000, Rs 2,000 and Rs 1,000 for the first, second and third positions respectively.
The DGP said, “The purpose of this scheme is to motivate citizens to take seriously injured accident victims from the road to the nearest hospital instead of ignoring them. This scheme will prove to be a milestone for saving the lives of those who are injured in road traffic accidents. People will be motivated, as a result of which more and more people will become involved in this task,” said Kumar. Good Samaritans can submit their application in the fixed format via WhatsApp, email, social media, post or personally at the police headquarters, district traffic office/ traffic CO office, SP traffic office, traffic directorate or senior/superintendent of police office. Facts related to assisting the accident victim, paper cutting, social media screenshots and photographs/videos (if available) can also be presented.