Indian Current Affairs - Current Affairs India Notes - July 2013

Cashless treatment for accident victims on NH-8

Country's first cashless treatment project for accident victims was launched on Monday on the Gurgaon-Jaipur stretch of National Highway-8. The ambitious project of the central government can prove to be a life saver for accident victims by providing treatment at the golden hour - the time period lasting from a few minutes to several hours following an accident when prompt medical treatment can save life. 

Under the scheme, all victims of road accidents on the Gurgaon-Jaipur stretch of NH-8 would get free medical treatment, including hospitalization for the first 48 hours. Victims will receive a maximum amount of Rs 30,000 for free treatment. 

The central government has given Rs 20 crore for the project and tied up with a private insurance major to cover medical costs. Transport ministry has also identified local volunteers for the project who will double up as first responders. They are being trained in consultation with AIIMS, Delhi.