Good Samaritan Policy, Odisha

Good Samaritan Policy: A 'Good Samaritan' policy was launched on 3rd December by the administration in Odisha's Kendrapara district under which Rs 2,000 would be given to any person extending immediate help in shifting a road accident victim to the hospital. This scheme is intended to encourage people shift road accident victims immediately to hospital. It will go a long way in saving precious human lives lost due to delayed hospitalisation. Litigation and police questioning often deterred the people to come to the aid of the distressed accident victims, said a senior official.
The people who will shift victims to hospitals will be given cash incentive Rs 2,000. Besides, the administration will issue an appreciation certificate to recognise the noble work done by them. The acts of shifting will also them legal protection. And police will be bereft of its legal right to summon or question them in connection with the accident, said Kendrapara District Collector, Reghu G. The administration is implementing 'Good Samaritan' policy abiding by the apex court order. The Supreme Court had earlier asked government to ensure that common people are not harassed by police while shifting accident victims to hospitals.


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