The free treatment regimen called “Late Balasaheb Thackeray Road Accident Insurance Scheme” will be launched shortly.

Maharashtra Prime Minister Uddhav Thackeray. (Photo: PTI)

The Maharashtra government decided on Wednesday to launch a program to provide financial and medical aid to road traffic accident victims at the government’s expense.

The free treatment regimen called “Late Balasaheb Thackeray Road Accident Insurance Scheme” will be launched shortly.

The state cabinet approved the program at a meeting on Wednesday. The system provides that people injured in an accident in Maharashtra, regardless of their place of residence or nationality, receive immediate medical and financial assistance.

The victim is treated at the nearest hospital for the first 72 hours. Treatment of up to Rs 35,000 is free. This includes treatment in an intensive care unit (ICU) and the stay and eating of the victim in the respective hospital.

However, the treatment of people who have been injured in work-related accidents, fallen from trains, were injured crossing railway tracks or were injured at home is not covered by this regulation. A toll-free number will be generated to record related complaints.

Public Health Minister Rajesh Tope said the program would provide a guarantee of treatment for the injured. “It will be helpful in saving their lives,” he said.

In Maharashtra, an average of 40,000 people are injured in traffic accidents and 13,000 people are killed in traffic accidents each year. The government said many people could be saved if timely treatment was provided.