Th ceremony for signing a memorandum of understanding MoU between Rescue 1122 and the ride service Careem was held at Chief Minister Secretariat in Peshawar.
Ceremony was attended by Minister for Finance Taimur Jhagra, special assistant to chief minister on information technology Kamran Khan Bangash, secretary relief, rehabilitation and settlement department Mohammad Abid Majeed, co-founder and CEO of Careem Pakistan Muddasir Sheikha and other officials.
Chief Minister Mahmood Khan has said that government is taking practical measures to initiate information technology in provision of services. The provincial government was utilizing technology to simplify and improve life of people.
The signing of MoU is the first initiative of its kind in the country. It will facilitate citizens with access to emergency services by using a simple mobile application.
He further said that “we are working on digitalization of services, which is not only time competent but will also provide cheap services to citizens at their doorsteps”
As per the MOU, people in provincial capital would be able to contact Rescue 1122 through the ride service app to book ambulance and fire brigade tenders.
All existing Rescue 1122 ambulances and fire brigade vehicles will be available on the online application through separate emergency services Customer Car Type (CCT).
All drivers of ambulances and fire brigade vehicles will be qualified by the private cab service company about the use of the online application.
Kamran Khan Bangash said that the project would help in getting better response time of Rescue 1122 in Peshawar. He said that the service would be extended to the entire province to save precious lives through tech base solutions.
The chief minister was also briefed on the ongoing plan of the relief and rehabilitation department, including establishment of Rescue 1122 stations in Lower Kohistan, Malakand, Shangla and Lakki Marwat. These plans will be completed at an estimated cost of Rs1.282 billion.
Similarly, two emergency stations are also being established in two tribal districts and one in the frontier region. The schemes will be completed at an estimated cost of Rs3670 million for which Rs2.5 billion has already been released and work is in progress on establishment of Rescue 1122 station in Jamrud, Khyber tribal district.