KOHIMA, Dec 1 - Nagaland today became the first State in the North East and second in the country after Himachal Pradesh to launch a pan-India single-number emergency mobile application which will have a special women safety feature for immediate assistance from the police and volunteers.
Announcing the launch here, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said a �SHOUT� feature has been made available exclusively for women in the �112 India� mobile app which is connected to the Emergency Response Support System (ERSS).
Singh said women in distress would be able to seek immediate assistance from nearby registered volunteers as well as from the Emergency Response Centre (ERC) by using the �SHOUT� feature.
�This app will assist the first responders in locating and tracking the woman in distress using GPS for effective response,� he said.
The ERSS utilises location-based services to assist the ERC in locating the distressed caller, the Home Minister said.
ERCs have been set up here and in three district command centres to offer a unified emergency service. On receipt of an SOS from a woman, ERCs can dispatch the nearest response vehicle to the spot for assistance.
Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio, in his brief address, said the launch of the emergency mobile app in the State was very timely as the 19th Hornbill Festival began today where lakhs of tourists would be present over the next 10 days.
The project is being implemented in Kohima, Dimapur and Mokokchung districts and will soon be launched in the remaining districts, Rio said.
The Centre has provided Rs 4.84 crore for ERSS, he added. � PTI