Delhi High Court issues notice over difficulty faced by blind in reading new rupee notes

The Delhi High Court has issued notices to the Centre and the Reserve Bank of India saying that the blind are finding it difficult to use the newly launched rupee notes.

Calling it "Grave public interest', that needs to be addressed seriously" the court said that the blind were facing difficulty also due to the change in the size of notes.

Petition filed by NGO, All India Confederation of Blind

The petition said that the blind were finding it hard to identify, use and make transactions with the new Rs 2,000, Rs 500, Rs 200 and Rs 50 notes.

Change from old to new rupee notes hits blind hard

In November 2016, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced that Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes were no longer legal and that the government would introduce new Rs 500 and Rs 2,000 notes. People were asked to swap old notes for the new ones.

New notes violate accessibility standards, says petition

The petition has also asked the government to replace Rs 10, Rs 5, Rs 2 and Rs 1 coins as they were of a similar structure. This meant that the blind have to depend on others to go about small transactions. it also says that the new notes do not follow the accessibility standards for the disabled. The tactile marks present on some notes were hardly identifiable, would fade with usage.

The High Court will hear the matter next on 6 December.

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