02:49 am - Friday 18 August 2017

“Category- I” 3 digit short code for non-emergency services

By Parvina Purkayastha - Fri Aug 24, 12:28 pm

All non-emergency public services will now have “Category –I” 3 digit short code as a single nationally available phone number approved by the government.

All non-emergency public services will now have “Category –I” 3 digit short code as a single nationally available phone number for all non-emergency public services approved by the government.

Sachin Pilot, minister of state in the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology said, “this is part of government’s nationwide mobile-governance initiative which is aimed at improving access to government/public services by citizens especially the poorest and the most disadvantaged sections of the society ”.

He said department of Electronics and Information Technology has currently approached the concerned stakeholders in the Government as well as the Industry for arriving at a uniform, transparent, and affordable tariff for usage over the short-code.

These services would be made operational once all the Telecom Service Providers open the short code 166 at a uniform rate. This short code would be made operational by January 2013.

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