Union home minister Rajnath Singh flagging off the Emergency Response Support System in Kohima on Saturday

Kohima: Union home minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday launched the Emergency Response Support System (ERSS) for Nagaland, a first of its kind in the Northeast region, at the state police headquarters in Kohima.

Addressing the gathering after the launch, Singh said that Nagaland is the first among the Northeastern states to launch ERSS. Under the project, people will be able to receive immediate assistance from the police, health and fire departments, as well as from other agencies, using a pan-India single number ‘112’.

“Together, we can provide safety, security and effective emergency response in the state,” he added.

While Himachal Pradesh became the first state to launch the emergency number ‘112’ under ERSS in the country, Nagaland on Saturday became the second to get the ambitious project.

The ERSS in Nagaland will integrate the Police Highway Patrol Unit and the Tourist Police into its network. The latter was launched in the state recently.

Nineteen ERSS vehicles will be at service in three districts of the state — Kohima, Dimapur and Mokokchung, The department is also working on its execution in expanding the ERSS services to the other districts.

The service will include the ‘112 India’ mobile app which has been integrated with a ‘panic button’ for smartphones and the ERSS state website to help citizens in availing themselves of immediate assistance.

As an exclusive, the “SHOUT” feature in the app will direct immediate assistance from registered volunteers in the area, besides immediate assistance from the ERSS centre.

The Union government has allocated Rs 321.69 crore under the Nirbhaya Fund for implementation of the ERSS project across the country.

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