Emergency 999 service gaining popularity: Home Minister

Bangla Tribune Report
Published : 15:49, Sep 12, 2019 | Updated : 15:51, Sep 12, 2019

Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal chairs a meeting on law and order on the imminent occasion of the National Mourning Day at his ministry conference room in Dhaka on Sunday, July 28, 2019 PIDIn taking services, 1.42 million people have used the facility of calling emergency number 999, said Home Minister, Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal.
“The service is popular and it will be made more popular in the future; in this aim, a six member committee has been formed with additional secretary of the home ministry, Nurul Islam as head,” he said on Thursday (Sept 12) while briefing the media at the home ministry.
Currently, ‘999’ has 142 employees and there are plans to raise the worker number to 500, the home minister said.
As part of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s plan to digitize the country, the 999 service was started at the directive of her ICT affairs adviser, Sajeeb Wazed Joy, he added.
The minister said that a one member committee has been formed to introduce digital General Diary (GD) system.
For the time being, GD on lost items can be made and, gradually, other items will come under its purview, he said.
On the ‘Safe city’ project, Kamal said, “Under this project, 14,000-16,000 modern cameras will be installed; these will also be used to monitor traffic.”
A programmed called ‘Shajan’ has been undertaken to help inmates at prisons talk to their relatives and, it’s currently in operation as a pilot at the Tangail prison, he added.
“Due to this, the tendency to come for face to face meetings has fallen by 80 per cent.”
The home minister said that on the 50th year of independence, the home ministry will be fully digitalized.