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Great news for the deaf! Government to show public events in sign language

The central government has set up a committee to make sure that television broadcasts of public events like Republic Day parades or the Prime Minister's Independence Day speech will have a sign language interpretation for the deaf people alongwith simplified text captions in regional languages for people with low literacy levels.

The move supports the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016, and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, to which India became a participant in 2007.

The officials plan to create a draft to implement these changes in news channels, which is likely to be introduced in the next six months.

The idea is to make sure that there is no discrimination done to anyone on the basis of their disability.

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