GUWAHATI, Dec 3 – Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, former President of India and eminent scientist-educationist, has joined the governing board of GVK EMRI as Chairman Emeritus.
“GVK EMRI 108 mission is indeed a mission of partnership of every human being to remove the pain and give happiness. The 108 service should transform into a beautiful life saving mission throughout the nation,” a statement from GVK EMRI said, quoting Dr Kalam.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr GVK Reddy, Chairman GVK EMRI, expressed sincere gratitude to Dr Kalam for his consenting to be the Chairman Emeritus, and said that the visionary guidance of Dr Kalam would help the organization to add to the organization’s capability in being a premier provider of all kinds of emergencies – medical, police, fire or disasters.
Dr Reddy reiterated the board’s commitment to strengthen the 108 emergency services and thanked all government partners of GVK EMRI for their ongoing support and partnership.
GVK Emergency Management and Research Institute (GVK EMRI), a non-profit organization having its headquarters in Secunderabad, Andhra Pradesh, was started in 2005, with a vision to provide integrated emergency response services through a toll-free number ‘108’ to every citizen of the country under the public-private partnership (PPP) framework. The service being provided in the PPP mode with respective State governments is free to the citizens.
GVK EMRI has made substantial progress over the last seven years in providing emergency response services across the country and currently operates over 3,700 state-of-the-art ambulances in 12 States and two Union Territories, providing pre-hospital care covering a population of nearly 600 million. Today, GVK EMRI is serving on an average 12,500 emergencies per day (over 17 million emergencies attended since inception) and cumulatively has saved more than 5,50,000 lives since the launch of the services. It also provides direct employment to over 19,000 associates.