If you save a life of a road accident victim by rushing him/ her to the hospital or providing immediate medical care at the spot, you have a chance to win the Jeevan Raksha Padak from the government. Road transport minister Nitin Gadkari on Tuesday said the home ministry has accepted the suggestion of his ministry to consider Good Samaritans for the national award.
Though the government has notified the guidelines for protection of Good Samaritans to encourage bystanders to help road accident victims, people hesitate to come to the rescue of the injured fearing the legal process. A law commission report had estimated saving 50% lives of road accident victims, if the injured are admitted to a hospital within the first one hour, which is also known as the Golden Hour. In 2017, at least 1.46 lakh people died in road accidents.
“We had suggested to include Good Samaritans for the national level award to home minister Rajnath Singhji and his ministry has approved the proposal. People should come forward to help the victims without fear of facing any question or legal hassle,” Gadkari said. Till now the Jeevan Raksha Padak was awarded to civilians for saving lives from drowning, fire or mine accidents.