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TV channels directed to carry captions & audio descriptions

All news and other TV channels have been asked to carry the same language captions and audio descriptions along with the programs and news reports for persons with disabilities.

The Information and Broadcasting Ministry said this was in following with the Accessible India Campaign which is working towards achieving universal accessibility for persons with disabilities.

Due to lack of assistive technology, access to TV shows is a problem for many people with disabilities and a need was felt to frame guidelines that made it necessary for TV channels to telecast a certain percentage of programming with audio description and captioning to benefit persons with disabilities.

In the recent past, the Republic Day Parade commentary and Independence Day ceremony was carried with sign language interpretation.

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