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Ministry implements accessibility standards for persons with disabilities

Sign language interpreter man translating a meeting to ASL

New Delhi, India – The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has asked private satellite news channels to telecast the Independence Day celebrations program in sign language interpreters.

The step has been taken by the ministry to boost the implementation of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act.

The National broadcaster (Doordarshan) has been carrying sign language interpretation of the address of the President of India on the eve of Independence Day and the Prime Minister’s address from the ramparts of Red Fort on Independence Day every year.

The channels have been told that they may either make their own program with sign language interpretation, or they may carry a bulletin prepared by Doordarshan News free of cost.

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