[AI] HC seeks Centre's response to plea for visually impaired-friendly banking services

Blind Graduates' Forum of India contact at bgfi.in
Wed Jan 9 10:29:56 EST 2019


New Delhi, Jan 8 The Delhi High Court on Tuesday asked the Centre and
Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to file response to a plea seeking to make
all currency and the digital means of banking transactions accessible
to the visually impaired and to stop the circulation of currency which
cannot be detected by them.

A division Bench of Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice V.
Kameswar Rao issued notice to the Central government and the RBI on
the plea filed by Blind Graduates Forum of India through advocate Ila

In the plea, advocate Haldia told the court that the visually impaired
are facing a tough situation as neither the physical currency nor
digital means of financial transactions are accessible to them.

Therefore, the forum's counsel has sought direction to lay down
standards for design of bank notes and coins and make all forms of
physical currency and the digital means of transactions accessible to
the visually impaired.

The forum has also requested the court to issue direction to stop
circulation of the inaccessible physical currency and withdraw all
such inaccessible physical currency in a phased manner.

The plea further pleaded to counsel to lay down standards for making
banking services including ATMs and net banking accessible to the
visually impaired.

It also prayed for providing technological solutions viable for the
visually impaired and compliance of such accessibility standards.

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