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Delhi High Court Asks RBI to Make Banking Services Accessible

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Tuesday asked the government and the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) as to what steps they intend to take in future to make ATMs, online banking services and currency notes of Rs. 50 and lower denominations, accessible for people who are blind or have low vision.

A bench of Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice C Hari Shankar directed the RBI to file an affidavit through its Deputy Governor on how they were going to make currency notes of Rs. 50 and lower values easily identifiable by the visually impaired.

It posed the query after RBI said that notes of Rs. 100 and higher denomination were identifiable by touch, but not the ones of lower denominations.

The court however did not agree with the submission and asked as to how a visually impaired person was expected to measure dimensions of a note when making transactions.

The court was hearing a batch of Public Interest Litigations, one of them by advocate Rohit Dandriyal, seeking to make currency notes and coins easily identifiable by persons with vision disabilities.

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