Maharashtra approves free treatment scheme for road accident victimsUpdated: Sep 16, 2020 23:27 IST
The Maharashtra government on Wednesday announced a road accident insurance scheme under which anyone who gets injured in road mishap is eligible for free treatment in hospitals. The scheme, named after Shiv Sena founder Bal Thackeray, will cost the state exchequer ₹125 crore annually. The Balasaheb Thackeray Road Accident Insurance Scheme was approved in the state cabinet meeting on Wednesday.
The government has also decided to fill up more than 12,500 vacant posts for constables in the state police force. State home minister Anil Deshmukh said the move would give job opportunities to youth from both rural and urban areas. At present, there are 12,528 posts of constables vacant in the state, for which a recruitment drive will be held.
The road accident scheme will provide free treatment up to ₹30,000 to any person injured in a road accident in the state. “It aims at saving lives by providing immediate treatment in the golden hour,” said state health minister Rajesh Tope.
He said that anyone who gets injured even if he is not from Maharashtra will be considered to get benefit of the scheme. Around 74 types of treatment that are needed in case of road accidents have been included in the scheme.
“The injured person can get treatment at a government or private hospital under the insurance scheme. The insurance company will be determined through a tendering process,” Tope added.
The scheme is formulated on the lines of Mahatma Phule Jan Arogya Yojana wherein empanelled hospitals treat patients and recover the cost from insurance providers sanctioned by the state government.
A dedicated helpline will also be set-up for effectively implementing the road accident scheme, which was first proposed in 2017 by the then health minister Deepak Sawant but wasn’t approved.
In Maharashtra, around 13,000 people lose lives in road accidents while around 40,000 get injured every year.