Accessibility September 3, 2018
Make all websites disabled-friendly, Bombay High Court directs Maharashtra government
The Bombay High Court has directed the Maharashtra government to make all its websites accessible and disabled-friendly in a time frame of three months.
This is after a Mumbai-based disability rights NGO filed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL)with the High Court regarding the inaccessibility of government websites.
The bench of justices said that the government must also clear a certification from the National Informatics Centreafter the procedure is completed. In 2009, an order was passed that all government websites be made universally accessible. The PIL was filed on the basis of this.
The court has clearly given a deadline of three months within which the government must provide an update of status.
Earlier this year, the Odisha government started working on making all its websites accessible to people with disabilities. This was to make technology and news updates easily available to disabled people. With more state governments coming forward to ensure inclusion, disabled people can now easily take part in the progress of the country.
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