NEW DELHI: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday urged the people to help accident victims and take them to hospitals.
He was speaking at the formal launch of 'Farishte Dilli Ke', an initiative of the government to felicitate good Samaritans, who take accident victims to hospitals.
Speaking at the launch, he said that people must come forward and take accident victims, burn victims, acid attack victims and others in need of treatment to hospitals.
"I want every citizen of Delhi to become an angel. You should pledge to help accident victims, burn victims and acid attack victims and take them to hospitals," he said.
The chief minister added that the lives can be saved if the victims are taken to hospitals within one hour of the accident.
"It is called the golden hour. If an accident victim is taken to a hospital within that time, he has high chances of survival. If people are admitted in time, their lives can be saved, " he added.
Earlier, the Centre had come out with stringent amendments in the Motor vehicle acts making fines quite heavy than earlier.
Many states had opposed the centre’s move, however, the Delhi Government supported the new initiative and said that steps were taken to ensure road safety.
The Delhi CM Kejriwal announced that the AAP government in the national capital will take care of all expenses related to the road accident irrespective of the total cost.
“The govt will bear the costs of treatment for all road accident victims regardless of how expensive the treatment or hospital is. Those who immediately take a victim to the nearest hospital are the ‘FarishteyDilliKe’, the APP tweeted.
“CM Kejriwal assured victims that they don't have to pay for any treatment and neither will Samaritans be harassed by the Police afterwards”, it added.
In 2016, the government had come out with a framework. It said that those who take victims to the hospital would no longer have to face harassment by the police or any other authority. As per the law, those who take the victims to the hospital may soon leave after providing their numbers and other required details.