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181 women helpline extended to all states

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A month after releasing the three-digit emergency number for women in Delhi, the Central government on Monday said it will make available the ‘181’ women helpline number to all states.

“We will give single emergency number 181 to women across the country,” Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal told reporters here.

According to sources, Sibal is expected to write to all Chief Ministers about the Ministry’s decision to allocate the three digit number ‘181’ to all states so that it can be made a national helpline for women.

After allocation of the emergency number, the state governments will be required to set up their call centres.

“The Telecom Department will make available the number to all states, which are required to set up call centres so that the number becomes operational across the country,” sources added.


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