Court pulls up Centre for not consulting disability experts before designing new rupee notes

The Delhi High Court has told the central government and the Reserve Bank of India to examine the new currency notes and coins from the perspective of the blind as they are finding it hard to identify and use them.

The bench has told the government and the RBI to reconsider the issue after a petition said that the new notes were hard to use due to their size and tactile marks.

"This is something, which has been overlooked. Even we have seen it and found that it is difficult for the visually impaired persons to identify due to the change of size of notes also,"

The judges also said that the authorities should have consulted disability experts and others who worked in the field as the matter was of public interest and needed to be addressed seriously.

"Matter was of very grave public interest"

The court asked the government why the size of the currency cannot be the same as before and has said that the Centre should respond by 31 January.

But it also said that the designing of the currency notes was a policy decision and it does not want to interfere in it. The court was hearing petitions filed by three advocates, a company secretary and NGO, All India Confederation of Blind, who sought a change in the new currency notes to make them easily identifiable for the blind.

The NGO also sought replacement of coins of Rs. 10, Rs. 5, Rs. 2 and Re 1 because they were of a similar structure.

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