No hassles for Good Samaritan
This refers to the column “Saving lives with Good Samaritans norms” (June 10). The road transport and highways ministry’s move to notify guidelines to shield Good Samaritans from long and complex legal processes, police harassment and detention at hospitals, when they help accident victims, was long overdue. It should, however, apply to all sorts of mishaps —railway accidents, helping someone in need to get admitted in a hospital, attempted suicides, etc. If a resident of a building takes her senior-citizen neighbour to the hospital, she cannot sign the hospitalisation form indicating her relationship with the neighbour as there can be unnecessary hassles later. This is the advice a good doctor gives. Only the family members can sign the admission form. In our country, people hesitate to help accident victims due to the fear of getting entangled in legal hassles. These guidelines should also become a part of the laws governing hospitals and nursing homes. An awareness campaign should be launched and the norms should be publicised in hospitals. Even the ambulances should carry these guidelines.
Deendayal M Lulla
RBI must use rate to spur growth
This refers to P Chidambaram’s column “Read Governor Rajan: Time to worry” (June 7). He seems highly critical of the government’s policy on rural and farmer’s distress but former PM Manmohan Singh had stated that there is no magical wand to control prices. Chidambaram tactfully does not talk about the progress made by the Modi government. Growth is dependent on a net ‘favourable’ position on foreign trade, attainment of the expected level of the domestic and external investments and growing domestic demand. RBI can’t itself create all of these but it can work as a key ‘facilitator’, using its monetary policy tools.
SK Gupta, Delhi