Union Home Minister Current Affairs - 2020

Emergency Response Support System (ERSS) launched in 16 States and UTs

The 112 helpline which was earlier launched in Himachal Pradesh and Nagaland was launched in 16 states and UTs by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh under the Emergency Response Support System (ERSS).

The 16 states and Union Territories where the helpline was launched were Andhra Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Puducherry, Lakshadweep, Andaman, Dadar and Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu, Jammu and Kashmir.

Emergency Response Support System (ERSS)

The Emergency Response Support System (ERSS) integrates police (100), fire (101) and women (1090) helpline numbers into a single 112 helpline number and the process is on to integrate the health emergency number (108) soon.

To access the ERSS the person can dial ‘112’ on a phone. The person can also press the power button of a smartphone three times quickly to send a panic call to the Emergency Response Centre or long press the ‘5’ or ‘9’ key to activate the panic call from the normal phone.

The ERSS can also be accessed through  ‘112’ India mobile app, which is available free on Google Play Store and Apple Store or log onto the ERSS website for the respective state and send an emergency email or SOS alert to state Emergency response centre.

National Cyber Forensic Lab and CyPAD Inaugurated

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated a national cyber forensic lab and Cyber Prevention, Awareness & Detection Centre (CyPAD). The National Cyber Forensic Lab (NCFL) is part of the Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre (I4C) initiative and CyPAD is the Delhi Police’s cybercrime unit.

Cyber Prevention, Awareness & Detection Centre

Cyber Prevention, Awareness & Detection Centre (CyPAD) forensics, cyber safety and security-related services to the citizens as well as to police units and agencies of Delhi. CyPAD will deal with crypto-currency frauds, international tech-supported frauds and other cybersecurity related services.

National Cyber Forensic Lab (NCFL)

National Cyber Forensic Lab (NCFL) is part of the Union Home Ministry’s Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre (I4C). The NCFL includes units likes Memory Forensics Labs, Image Enhancement Lab, Network Forensics Lab, Malware Forensics Lab, Cryptocurrency Forensics Lab, Damaged Hard Disk and Advanced Mobile Forensics Lab. Cyber Crime Coordination Centre (I4C) consists of seven verticals namely

  • National Cybercrime Threat Analytics Unit (TAU).
  • National Cybercrime Reporting.
  • Platform for Joint Cybercrime Investigation Team.
  • National Cybercrime Forensic Laboratory (NCFL) Ecosystem.
  • National Cybercrime Training Centre (NCTC).
  • Cybercrime Ecosystem Management Unit.
  • National Cyber Research and Innovation Centre.

Both CyPAD and NCFL will assist law enforcers to proactively address cyber threats in coordination with other law-enforcement agencies, national & international cybersecurity organisation and various online intermediaries.