‘112’ to be countrywide emergency number

The Central government has decided to make ‘112’ phone number inter-operable across the country to deal with any kind of emergencies, whether it is for the police, fire, ambulance, women’s safety et al with a pilot project being launched in New Delhi, said Union Minister of State for Home G. Kishan Reddy on Thursday.

“Technology is ready. We are holding discussions with State governments to make it operable at the earliest. For sometime, the existing emergency numbers of ‘100’ ‘102’ and others will remain but once ‘112’ becomes popular, the other numbers will be dovetailed into the single phone number,” he explained.

Police reforms

At a press conference held at the BJP state office, Mr. Reddy said the NDA government was also determined to go ahead with major police reforms and modernisation programme with a set of retired and ‘popular’ Directors-General of Police looking into the aspect and expected to submit a report within six months.

“We are going for changes in the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) sections and also in the training modules. All the existing vacancies will also be filled,” he said. Answering a question about the presence of Rohingya, the Union Minister said Hyderabad had the largest number — 6,000, next only to Jammu & Kashmir — of them as per the State government’s figures.

“Hyderabad does not share any international border; so we have to see who brought them here in such large numbers from Myanmar and what is their motive. We have heard reports about their having obtained Aadhaar cards too and police cases were filed. We are securing reports from other States too about the Rohingya. It has nothing to do with religion but the fact is that we have to provide food and shelter to our own large population first,” said Mr. Reddy.

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