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Accessible India Campaign- Sugamya Bharat Abhiyan

24 Nov 2015


According to Census 2011, there are 2.68 crore persons with disabilities in India, who constitute 2.21% of the total population.However, estimates vary across sources and in reality this figure could be much higher.

Accessibility is the key to inclusion and equal access for people with disabilities. An accessible barrier-free environment is the first step towards fulfilling the right of people with disabilities to participate in all areas of community life.

Accessibility for people with disabilities was recognized as a right in India with the passage of The Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act in 1995, which mandated barrier-free access in all public places and transportation systems. India is also a signatory to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD). Article 9 of UNCRPD casts an obligation on all the signatory governments to take appropriate measures to ensure to persons with disabilities access, on an equal basis with others, to the physical environment, to transportation, to information and communications, including information and communications technologies and systems, and to other facilities and services open or provided to the public, both in urban and in rural areas.

The Government envisions having an inclusive society in which equal opportunities and access is provided for the growth and development of persons with disabilities to lead productive, safe and dignified lives. In furtherance of this vision, the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities, Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment has launched the Accessible India Campaign (Sugamya Bharat Abhiyan), as a nationwide flagship campaign for achieving universal accessibility for Persons with Disabilities and to create an enabling and barrier free environment, with a focus on three verticals: Built Environment; Public Transportation and Information & Communication Technologies.

Apart from the targets specific to the three verticals on enhancing the proportion of accessible government buildings, public transportation and of accessible and usable public documents and websites that meet internationally recognized accessibility standards, the Campaign is also in the process of developing a web portal along with a mobile application for creating a crowd sourcing platform to comprehensively obtain information about inaccessible places, processing information for approving proposals and channelizing CSR resources for creating of accessible spaces. An Accessibility Index is also underway to which is envisioned to serve as a tool to assess the extent to which the processes and systems of an organization are aligned to ensure independent, dignified and positive dealing with employees and clients with disabilities.

The campaign will be officially launched on December 3, the International Day of Persons with Disabilities by the Hon’ble Prime Minister at VigyanBhavan, New Delhi.

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  • Gaurav Gupta - 5 years ago

    There should be more jobs for the disabled in govt dept and special recruitments for them.
    Ssc dosenot give equality to all the catogries of handicapped

  • Rahul Agrawal - 5 years ago

    We need signage every where on all public spaces, lack of signage makes even for a common person to run around, e.g at railway station looking for toilet one has to struggle as they are not in person direct view but pasted on walls, good example of signage are airports, e.g can be t2 at mumbai or t3 at delhi. Adding signage does not cost too much but it greatly helps people, its a low hanging fruit, before buildings are retrofitted or volunteers added , we can at least add good signage

  • Venkatesan_30 - 5 years ago

    My suggestion is
    “WE CAN REDUCE THE CONSEQUENCES OF THE PEOPLE WHO ARE SUFFERING FROM MALARIA AND DENGUE BY VACCINATING THEM WITH “ TAMILNADU GOVT SIDDA MEDICINE’S INVENTION NILAVEMBU KASHAYAM & POWDER .In TamilNadu 24.60 lakh people has been benefited,1061 camps(5 days) has been conducted. Kindly implement this scheme all over India through your government.

  • Sunil Mangal - 5 years ago

    Respected PM Sir, really ots a very welcoming step, towards equality of movement by PWDS, Sir I belong to Kanpur and my ngo DRIGSHRAM has organised two large scale workshop among more then 50 different departments govt and pvt institutions participated, our organization has council so many departments to aware then the importance of barrier free envirnment, has given me hope of equality with normal people.
    Sir, i wanted to witness accessible India Campaign, pl. advice me.Sunil Mangal.Kanpur

  • Shushant Sanwarey - 5 years ago

    Our though process needs direction and concern…

    Its good that such initiative are taken, but time will tell how good it is implemented.

  • Shushant Sanwarey - 5 years ago

    Even Private News Channels should have News for the Deaf and dumb….. They can show news for them in the prime time. All they need is a box in the corner of the screen where the news can be said in the sign language as well.
    During PM visit in Britain, we saw that while PM was speaking in hindi, there were translators to english, and translators in sign language as well (for deaf and dumb). So similarly government should exercise such practices as far as possible.

    Think about the potential.

    • Shushant Sanwarey - 5 years ago

      As said earlier, sign language all across the world is same.. think about the potential.

      Think about our trains, can a person with disabilities can enter inside without help?
      Even in colleges, May be there are arrangements for them to enter inside but can they go on the second floor to attend the lectures, can they use toilets properly.
      How many of the toilets that our government have made in such a short time, can be used by person with disabilities, with an ease.

      Our thought process…

  • VIPUL KUMAR - 5 years ago

    Railway platform, Train and buses including bus station are the most inconvenient places for persons with disability. Next is the multistory office without a lift or non functioning lift. These places should be made disability friendly to tap full potential of a physically disabled person. Ramps are needed on all Railway Platforms.

  • VIPUL KUMAR - 5 years ago

    The ministry of social justice and empowerment should enforce the "Rights of the Persons with Disabilities" through issue of directives to the ministry of Railway, Bus Transport, Buildings plans of multistory buildings, facilities at other public places, facilities to be provided by employers of large number of manpower etc. Pregnancy, accidental fractures of limbs, post operative period after surgeries are also temporary periods of disability when the suffering people need help.

  • shah kevin N - 5 years ago

    A person who’s suffering from disability from the physical part of body but a person able to speak so if we provide disability person skills for marketing, presentation , and many more skills which help him in life.

  • rahul agrawal_9 - 5 years ago

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