The state police will now be able to avail of medical facilities at private hospitals in Maharashtra by simply flashing their identity cards.
Home Minister R.R. Patil, on Friday, announced that police personnel will be able to avail facilities at hospitals like Lilavati Hospital, Bandra, Tata Memorial Centre, Parel, and Bombay Hospital in Marine Lines.
“We have tied up with 245 facilities across the state where the police will now avail of such facilities. The main thing is that they will not be restricted to public hospitals and will get immediate medical attention,” Patil said.
Injured policemen often have to travel to a public hospital even if it is far away as the state pays only for treatment received at public hospitals.
The registration process is also tedious.
The government will now cover 100 per cent of the medical expenses, after evaluating the expenses, as compared to the previous limit of 80 per cent.
Patil also announced that the director general of police would address journalists once a month and that Patil will announce important decisions himself so that there are no controversies.
Pak should accept 26/11 terrorists' bodies: R.R.
The Maharashtra government wants Pakistan to accept the bodies of nine terrorists killed during the 26/11 Mumbai attacks. The bodies are in the J J Hospital morgue.
“As the bodies have been identified as those of Pakistani nationals, the neighboring country should accept them,” Home Minister R R Patil said.
Patil denied media reports that the state government would soon dispose of the bodies.
The Maharashtra government has written to the Centre seeking further directions.