Indian authorities are set to launch nationwide roadside assistance services in India’s Punjab province.
The service is to help people from the countryside, who are at risk of being injured or killed on the roads.
“We are working to launch a nationwide roadside service in the state of Punjab and are also looking at setting up roadside assistance in other states.
This is part of our strategic vision to make sure that all our people can have safe and secure journeys to work and schools,” Minister of State for Road Transport and Highways Prakash Javadekar told a press conference on Friday.
The government has set aside Rs 500 crore (US$7.4 million) for the launch of the new services, he added.
The government’s plans are based on the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM), which aims to increase the number of people accessing the national health care system by 30 percent by 2019.