108 (emergency telephone number)

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108 is a free telephone number for emergency services in India. It is currently operational in 21 states (Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Goa, Gujarat, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Meghalaya, Odisha, Punjab, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh) and two Union Territories (Dadra & Nagar Haveli and Daman & Diu.) The 108 Emergency Response Service is a free emergency service providing integrated medical, police and fire emergency services. This system was introduced nationalwide former union health minister, Dr. Anbumani Ramadoss. In Madhya Pradesh, the 108 GVK Ambulance facility was implemented in July 2009 by Hon'ble Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan, which was inaugurated by Health Minister Mr. Narottam Mishra, the service is a public-private partnership between state governments and private EMS providers.This 108 service was rolled out initially by Ramalinga Raju and Family. Dr.Y.S Rajashekar Reddy who was then the Chief minister of Andhra Pradesh, was the initial chief minister to sign an agreement with EMRI to roll out services in the state of Andhra Pradesh, because of the life saving service went so popular mainly in the rural parts of combined Andhra Pradesh later. This (108) system was introduced by Central government of India. And the system was designed by Satyam Infotech, as of November 2014, this service had handled over 540,000 emergency cases in India.Telling Siri on an iOS device will call emergency services.

Force Motors Traveller based 1-0-8 ambulance of Tamil Nadu.

How it works[edit]

When an emergency is reported through 108, the call taker gathers the needed basic information and dispatches appropriate services. Basic information obtained includes:

  • Where the call is placed from. ( district / taluka /city / town / exact location / landmark )
  • The type of emergency.
  • Number of people injured and the condition of the injured.
  • The caller's name and contact number – for location guidance if required.

Emergency help dispatched through this process is expected to reach the site of the emergency in an average of 18 minutes. Pre-hospital care will be given to patients being transported to the nearest hospital.

GVK EMRI[1] operates Dial 108 in Emergency in public private partnership with state governments. The service is normally free to patients.


  1. ^ "Emergency Management and Research Institute | GVK EMRI". www.emri.in. Retrieved 2016-04-06. 

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