What is Accessible India Campaign?
The Accessible India Campaign or Sugamya Bharat Abhiyan is a program that will be launched to serve the differently-able community of our country. The Accessible India Campaign aims to make public spaces friendly for persons with disabilities.
The flagship program was launched on the International Day of People with Disabilities, 3rd December 2015 by the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi.
The Scheme is in line under article 9 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. India signed the convention in the year 2007. The scheme also in line with the Persons with Disabilities Act 1995, under which equal opportunities and protection of rights to a person with disabilities.
A ‘Sugamya Bharat’ smartphone-based application will also be launched under the scheme which will provide information on disabled-friendly public facilities in cities across the country.
Why in news?
The deadline for the Accessible India Campaign has been extended to March 2020 due to slow progress. The information was provided by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment at Lok Sabha on Friday, 13th December 2019. The original deadline for conducting an accessibility audit of 25-50 important government buildings in 50 cities under the campaign was July 2016, and to make them completely accessible with an actual deadline by March 2018.