Accessible India Campaign or Sugamya Bharat Abhiyan


Ajit Kumar AJIT KUMARWISDOM IAS, New Delhi.

Uniongovernment on December 3, 2015 launched “Accessible India Campaign”(Sugamya Bharat Abhiyan), a nationwide campaign that will enable persons with disabilities to gain universal access, equal opportunity for development, independent living and participation in all aspects of life in an inclusive society. 
The Campaign is 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.  
 
By this campaign, atleast 50% of all the government buildings of National Capital and all the State capitals into fully accessible buildings by July 2018. All the international airports and converting them into fully accessible international airports by July 2016. A1, A & B categories of railway stations in the country will be converted into fully accessible railway stations by July 2016. Atleast 10% of Government owned public transport carriers in the country will be converted into fully accessible carriers by March 2018. Atleast 50% of all public documents issued by the Central Government and the State Governments will meet accessibility standards by March 2018.
 
The Campaign is also in the process of developing a web portal along with a mobile application for creating a crowd sourcing platform to get 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 measure the level of disabled friendliness of a system.
 
The National Awards are conferred on 3rd December every year on the ‘International Day of Persons with Disabilities’ on outstanding Persons with Disabilities; individuals and organizations that are working for the empowerment of persons with disabilities. 58 National Awards are given under 14 (fourteen) broad categories every year. 


Friday, 04th Dec 2015, 10:24:14 AM

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