The Hush Post|12:00 am| 1-min-read
Himachal Pradesh has become the first Indian state to launch a single emergency number 112. It will connect to police, fire, health and other helplines through an Emergency Response Centre (ERC) in the state.
Launching the Emergency Response Support System (ERSS) project at Mandi, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated the 112-single emergency number, 112 India mobile app and ERSS website. The ‘112 India’ mobile app can be download from App store of Google and Apple.
Under the project, one ERC has been established in Shimla. It will be linked with 12 District Command Centres covering the entire state.
“The ERC has been integrated with police (100), fire (101), health (108) and women helpline (1090) services to provide emergency services via single emergency number 112,” a Union Home Ministry statement read.
The ‘112 India’ mobile app is integrated with panic button of smartphones and the ERSS state website.
However, for safety of women, a ‘SHOUT’ feature has been introduced in the ‘112 India’ mobile app to seek immediate assistance. Registered volunteers in the vicinity will reach for help apart from the immediate assistance from ERC. The SHOUT feature is exclusively available to women.
The Central government has allocated Rs 321.69 crore under Nirbhaya fund to implement the ERSS project across the country.