There is no special currency for those who cannot see in India, so the Delhi High Court on Tuesday asked the Centre and Reserve Bank of India to file response to a plea in which all currency and digital means of banking transactions are to be made accessible to the visually impaired. Quality services are provided for visually impaired people living in America and the United Kingdom. Through advocate Ila Haldia the plea was filed by the Blind Graduates Forum of India. With a division Bench of Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice V. Kameswar Rao, the notice was issued to the Central Government. The forum’s counsel has requested the court to stop the circulation of inaccessible physical currency.
- For making the notes and coins accessible to the visually impaired, it will be designed accordingly.
- All forms of physical currency and the digital means of transactions, moreover the ATMs and net banking services will be made accessible to them.
- Technological solutions will also be made viable for the visually impaired.
India has the second largest visually impaired people (118 million), according to Global Data on Visual Impairment report by WHO (2010). There are 37 million people across the globe who are blind, of which 15 million are in India. Article 9 enables people with disabilities to live independently and provides them with facilities and services open to the public (rural and urban), under the United Nations Conventions on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The technological innovations including screen readers, OCR devices, magnifiers etc needs to be fused with banks, making it easier for the blind people in every field.