Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Thaawar Chand Gehlot launched the ‘Sugamya Bharat’ App and a handbook titled ‘Access – The Photo Digest’ through a video conference in New Delhi today. The App and the handbook have been developed by the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities.
Mr. Gehlot said that the Prime Minister envisioned a mobile application wherein the issues related to accessibility being faced by Divyangjan and others can be crowdsourced through Jan-Bhagidaari. The Minister said, the crowd sourcing will serve a two-fold purpose. It will generate sensitisation about the need for accessibility and bring in a perceptible change in accessible features being provided.
The App provides for five main features out of which four are directly related to enhancing accessibility. They include registration of complaints of inaccessibility across the broad pillars of the built environment, transportation sector and Information and Communication Technology ecosystem, positive feedback of examples and best practices worth emulating being shared by people as Jan-Bhagidaari. They also include Departmental s and guidelines and circulars related to accessibility. The fifth feature is a special feature meant only for Divyangjan for COVID related issues.
Android users can download the mobile app from Play Store. The iOS version of the app will be available by 15th of this month. The handbook is envisaged as a tool and guide to sensitise stakeholders about 10 basic features of accessibility and related good and bad practices in easy to understand pictorial form.
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