[AI] RBI Policy: Easing of Challenges faced by the Visually Challenged in using Indian Banknotes

Prashant Ranjan Verma prashant.rv at gmail.com
Thu Jun 7 04:19:55 EDT 2018


There are two issues here.
1. Long term policy regarding designing of notes: RBI must finalize and
commit that they will maintain substancial differnces in the sizes and
colours of the notes. For example, they may  commit that gradually all older
notes will be withdrawn and new series will be kept keeping  substancial
differences in sizes and colours.
2. Like in USA and several other countries they should get a device
developed and make it available to certified disabled free of cost. While
differences in sizes and colours will help many   some may still need the
device to identify the notes.

In all probability an electronic device is needed now. The RupeeChecker I
developed is not working since the notes were all mixed up.

thanks,
Prashant 




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Subject: Re: [AI] RBI Policy: Easing of Challenges faced by the Visually
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Size and shape are old fashioned, technology is the panacea.
Smile.

One day they will fix a bionic eye or give us brain port and say we are no
longer blind.

Even if there is something like currency identifier like a sign card or so,
I don't think it is practicable to propose it as solution to inaccessible
currency or devise anything like it.

For that matter, even  some mobile OCR programmes also can read out
denomination of a note at times.
Let RBI bosses not think they are the solutions.

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Of Kotian, H P
Sent: 07 June 2018 10:08
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the disabled.
Subject: Re: [AI] RBI Policy: Easing of Challenges faced by the Visually
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All

That cannot be a practical and realistic way of addressing the problem. An
easy way out is to have a non tech solution of differentiating the
denomination by size and shapes.

We should be united in our approach and twart any such moves. Any NGO they
consider to consult should be clear in our approach and should take a long
term view in this matter.


Harish Kotian

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Subject: [AI] RBI Policy: Easing of Challenges faced by the Visually
Challenged in using Indian Banknotes

Copied from the statement on developmental and regulatory policies:

The Reserve Bank has been sensitive to the challenges faced by the visually
challenged in conducting their day to day business with Indian banknotes.
While different fora have been consulted from time to time before making any
change in the Indian banknotes, the Reserve Bank is of the view that
technological progress has opened up new vistas for making Indian banknotes
more recognizable for the visually challenged, facilitating their day to day
transactions. Accordingly, it has been decided that the Reserve Bank, in
consultation with various entities representing the visually challenged,
will explore the feasibility of developing a suitable device or mechanism
for aiding them in the identification of Indian banknotes. The Reserve Bank
will issue necessary guidelines in this regard within six months.

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