Rajnath launches ERSS project in Nagaland

Rajnath launches ERSS project in Nagaland
Rajnath Singh
DIMAPUR, DEC 1 (NPN) | Publish Date: 12/1/2018 11:59:04 AM IST

Nagaland has become the first state in the northeast region and second in the country after Himachal Pradesh to launch the Emergency Response Support System (ERSS), a Pan-India Single Emergency Response Number ‘112’ to address all kinds of distress calls such as police, fire and ambulance etc.

Launching the ERSS project at Police Headquarters, Kohima Saturday, the Union Home Minister, Rajnath Singh, congratulated the people of Nagaland, state government especially the Police, officials from Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of Woman and Child Development, department of Telecommunication, Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) and all other stakeholders for their efforts in launching the ERSS project in Nagaland.

Pointing out that half of the country’s population was women, Union Minister said a country in which women were safe is strong and no one can stop the development of that country. 

He also said that a country in order to progress needs to provide a safe and secure environment to its women and facilitate their participation in all developmental activities. “Then only we can achieve the optimum growth of our country. If we make our cities and settlements safe, then women will automatically participate in the progress of the country and the country will move forward,” Singh said.

To ensure safety and security of women, the Union Home Minister said the government has taken various initiatives – a dedicated Division i.e. Women Safety Division has been created in the Ministry, laws have been amended viz relevant sections of Indian Penal Code and Code of Criminal Procedure have been made harsh. Singh said forensic laboratories have been modernized and their capacities have been augmented. Fast Track Courts have been established to deal with sexual assault related cases. Portals have been launched for National Data base on sexual offenders and cyber crime. Further in this connection, he said Pan-India 24X7 helpline number ‘112’ was being launched today.

Under the ERSS project, Singh said people would be able to receive immediate assistance from Police, Health and Fire Departments as well as from other agencies using a pan-India single emergency number 112. He said 112 is an internationally recognized emergency number already built in mobile phone.

To further strengthen and ensure safety of women, he said that a SHOUT feature has been made available exclusively for women in ‘112 India’ mobile app. Using SHOUT feature, Singh said women in distress will able to seek immediate assistance from nearby registered volunteers as well as from Emergency Response Center (ERC). 

This app upon activation will assist the First Responders in locating and tracking the woman in distress using GPS for effective response, he said.

Union Minister also said that an ERC has been setup in Kohima and three district command centers to offer this unified emergency service. Response vehicles have been fitted with Mobile Data terminals (MDTs). On receipt of the SOS, the ERC can dispatch the nearest vehicle for assistance.

Singh requested all to download the ‘112 India’ app to become a part of the emergency response eco-system. He also encouraged the people of Nagaland to come forward and register themselves as volunteers, adding that together “we can provide safety, security and an effective emergency response system in the state.”

In his speech, state chief minister, Neiphiu Rio, thanked the Union Home Minister and Government of India for providing financial assistance for the ERSS project. He also thanked the Central Development of Advance Computer for providing technological support for the project. Rio said that it was a proud moment for Nagaland as being the second State in the country after Himachal Pradesh and first State among the North Eastern States where PAN India single emergency no 112 has been launched under ERSS. 

He said ERSS project has been implemented in Kohima, Dimapur and Mokokchung and expressed confident that it would soon be launched in the remaining districts.

Rio said that with the launching of ERSS and Tourist Police, the safety and security of the tourist and citizen in distress would be attended to as the State launched the 19th Hornbill Festival today. 

He congratulated all the officers and Police department for making it possible, saying this could be achieved because of the hard work and sincerity of the Police officers and jawans.

In his welcome address, DGP Nagaland, T John Longkumer, described the day as “red letter day” and a historic day for the Nagaland Police as it was the first visit to PHQ Nagaland by a Union Home Minister and first state to launch the ERSS in the NE region. 

Thanking the Union Home Minister for honouring them with his presence, the DGP said that it has greatly enhanced their morale and would be a great motivating factor to face all challenges ahead. 

He also expressed gratitude to chief minister, deputy chief minister and other dignitaries for gracing the occasion.

DGP informed that Police Department have integrated their Police Highway Patrol Unit as well as the recently launched Tourist Police Unit into the network. He added that following the chief minister’s directives, the department was embarking on a mission of visible policing. 

Longkumer further said that the police department have added a few highway patrol and tourist police vehicles to showcase the integration in today’s flagging off of the ERSS Fleet for Kohima district.

DGP congratulated the Nodal Officer for ERSS, Sonia Singh IGP (Range) and her team for their hard work put in to integrate the efforts with the other departments and making it a success. 

The launching programme was chaired by Sonia Singh, IGP and Nodal Officer of ERSS and vote of thanks was proposed by Renchamo P. Kikon, ADGP (L&O). 

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