India, July 1 -- The government plans to unveil a scheme for the cashless treatment of road accident victims and create a motor vehicle accident fund to pay for their medical care, including during the so-called golden hour.

Golden hour refers to the first hour after trauma when, if proper and timely first aid is given, road accident victims' chances of survival improve.

The transport ministry has proposed a cap of Rs 2.5 lakh for the victim's treatment per accident and designated the National Health Authority as the nodal agency to implement the scheme under the Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana. All road accident victims of Indian or foreign nationality will be considered eligible under the scheme.

The Centre has sought feedback on th...