Tell Reserve Bank of India about suggestions made by blind people regarding rupee notes, says Delhi High Court to Centre

The Delhi High Court has directed the central government to place before the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) suggestions made by visually impaired people regarding rupee notes. These are suggestions on the ways to tell the differences between various different rupee notes.

Some of the features suggested to distinguish between different denominations of rupee notes are cut edges and different shapes and sizes.

The central board of the RBI should take a view on including the recommended changes in the notes issued in the future, said the court. A report in this regard has to be filed before the court before the next date of hearing on 31 July 2018.

The court had sought the help of some visually impaired people to examine the rupee notes and coins recently issued by the government. They wanted to know what kind of problems they were facing to differentiate between the various denominations.

The central government has suggested different kinds of ridges in the new coins of Re 1, Rs 2, Rs 5, and Rs 10.

The government said it would phase out 50-paise coins. It also plans to review the shapes and sizes.

A petition was filed by three lawyers, a company secretary and NGO All India Confederation of Blind seeking a change in the new rupee notes, so blind people could easily identify them.

The petition said that people were finding it hard to identify and use the new notes of Rs 2,000, Rs 500, Rs 200 and Rs 50.

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