TRAI while releasing the consultation paper on "Universal Single Number Based Integrated Emergency Communication and Response System (IECRS), has sought comments if 100 or 108 should be set as the emergency number.
Countries suc as the US and the UK have the concept of a single emergency number. In the US, 911 is the all purpose emergency number while in the UK it is 999, and in Australia the emergency number is 000.
The consultation paper has also invited public opinion on whether there should be primary or secondary access numbers defined for IECRS in the country on the lines of other countries. In the UK and Australia the secondary emergency response number is 112 apart from 000. Calls from this number are again routed to primary response numbers in these countries.
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