Dial '112' for emergency; single number from Jan 1 next year

| Monday, May 9, 2016 - 12:49
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 Dial '112' for emergency soon

Dial '112' for emergency soon

New Delhi: Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has approved the provision of a single number for various emergency services in the country. Number '112' would be similar to the '911' all-in-one emergency service in the US.
The single emergency number '112' will be operational throughout India from January 1 to help people reach immediate services of police, ambulance and fire department.
A person in distress will need to call only 112, which will direct the call to concerned departments immediately for help. All existing emergency numbers will be phased out within a year of rolling out 112, depending upon the awareness about this new facility.
The service will also be accessible even through those SIMs and landlines whose outgoing call facility has been stopped or temporarily suspended.
People will be able to feed '112' in panic button system which will also be available on all mobile phones from January 1 under law.

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