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What is the News?
The Government has released “The Compensation to Victims of Hit and Run Motor Accidents Scheme, 2022”.
Note: According to the government data, 3.66 lakh road accidents occurred in the country in 2020 resulting in 1.31 lakh deaths.
What is Compensation to Victims of Hit and Run Motor Accidents Scheme, 2022?
Released by: Ministry of Road Transport and Highways
This scheme will supersede the Solatium (Compensation) Scheme,1989.
This scheme shall come into force with effect from April 1,2022.
Key Features of the Scheme
Firstly, the compensation to the families of hit-and-run victims will be increased by eight-fold to Rs 2 lakh in cases of death.
Secondly, the relief to a person sustaining grievous injuries in a hit-and-run case will now be increased to Rs 50,000 from the current Rs 12,500.
Thirdly, under the scheme, the procedure has been prepared for detailed investigations of road accidents and their reporting along with timelines for different stakeholders for quick settlements of claims.
Fourthly, a Motor Vehicles Accident Fund has been set up. The fund will be used for providing compensation in case of hit-and-run cases and treatment for accident victims.
Source: This post is based on the article “Hit-and-run deaths: Govt notifies 8-fold hike in relief to Rs 2 lakh” published in Indian Express on 28th February 2022.