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RBI forms panel to make currency notes blind-friendly

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Published : Mar 23, 2019, 2:10 am IST
Updated : Mar 23, 2019, 2:10 am IST

The submission was made in compliance with a previous order of the court.

The bench also suggested that the authorities examine currencies of western nations to check the features that are included to help the visually challenged.
 The bench also suggested that the authorities examine currencies of western nations to check the features that are included to help the visually challenged.

Mumbai: The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) informed the Bombay high court that it has constituted a committee to look into the issue of currency notes, which will be helpful to blind people.

A division bench of Chief Justice Naresh Patil and Justice N.M. Jamdar was hearing a petition filed by the National Association of the Blind (NAB), claiming that the new currency notes and coins are difficult to distinguish by touch, and seeking directions to include distinctive features in the new coins and currency notes.  

RBI's counsel, senior advocate Shyam Mehta, told the bench that it was in the process of developing a mobile application to help the visually impaired identify the denomination of currency notes.  

He further said that the RBI had constituted a four-member expert committee last month to develop such software. The submission was made in compliance with a previous order of the court.  

The RBI informed the court that the new currency notes in India of denominations of Rs 100 and above, already had “tactile markers and embossments”to help the visually challenged ascertain the denominations of such notes.  

However, since such marks often fade with use, the new software, which will be available on most mobile devices free of charge, will be of much help to the visually impaired, the RBI counsel said.  

The bench also suggested that the authorities examine currencies of western nations to check the features that are included to help the visually challenged.

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