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Govt to provide medical insurance to road victims

Fund shall be constituted for purpose of providing compulsory insurance cover to all road users, it says

Policy Pulse
Publish Date: Aug 12 2016 12:37PM | Updated Date: Aug 12 2016 4:09PM

Govt  to provide medical insurance to road victims

 The Centre will provide universal insurance cover to road accident victims so that they are not deprived of immediate medical care. 

 
As per ‘The Economic Times’ report, road transport ministry in its proposed amendments to the Motor Vehicles Act has provisioned for a fund that will guarantee free treatment of grievously injured victims. 
 
Provision gains importance since at least five lakh people were left injured in road crashes in 2015 and according to government reports at least 50 percent lives can be saved, if they get quick medical care within the first one hour of a crash. Road crashes claimed 1.46 lakh lives in 2015. 
 
As per the bill, the fund can be created by collecting certain cess or tax, or any other source of finance as may be approved by the government. 
 
"The fund shall be constituted for the purpose of providing compulsory insurance cover to all road users in the territory of India," it says. 
 
The bill stresses that fund shall be used for treatment of seriously hurt persons, for paying compensation to representatives of persons killed or extremely hurt in hit and run motor accidents.