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Govt readies blueprint to offer Rs2.5 lakh cashless treatment for road accident victims

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The Centre on Wednesday said it will soon be coming out with a blueprint to offer cashless insurance coverage upto Rs2.5 lakh per case for road accident victims in the country. “The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has prepared a blueprint for implementing the scheme of cashless treatment of motor accident victims, as contemplated under the MV Act, 2019. This includes treatment of victims during the crucial golden hour,” a statement from the ministry said.

India records around 5 lakh road accidents per year and 1.5 lakh deaths due to the same. India has one of the highest incidence of road accidents in the world.

The ministry has asked the states to send their views on the scheme by July 10. The scheme also envisages creating a Motor Vehicle Accident Fund.

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It said the National Health Authority, which is the nodal agency for PM-JAY (Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri – Jan Arogya Yojana) has been entrusted to implement the scheme. It said the scheme will provide compulsory insurance cover to all road users in the country.

The fund will be utilised towards treatment of road accident victims, for payment of compensation to the injured or to the family of person losing life in hit and run cases, the statement said.