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Accessible India Campaign

Topics Covered:Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States and the performance of these schemes; mechanisms, laws, institutions and bodies constituted for the protection and betterment of these vulnerable sections.

Accessible India Campaign 

What to study?

For Prelims and mains: Key features, need for and significance of the scheme.

Context: The deadline for the government’s Accessible India Campaign (AIC) has been extended to March 2020 due to slow progress.

About Accessible India Campaign:

What is it? Accessible India Campaign (AIC) is the nationwide flagship campaign of the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (DEPwD), Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.

Aim: The aim of the Campaign is to make a barrier free and conducive environment for Divyangjans all over the country. The campaign has the vision to build an inclusive society in which equal opportunities are provided for the growth and development of Persons with Disabilities (PwDs) so that they can lead productive, safe and dignified lives.

Implementation: For creating universal accessibility for Persons with Disabilities, the campaign has been divided into three verticals: Built Environment; Transport and Information & Communication Technology (ICT) ecosystem.

Old Targets:

  1. Making 50% of all the government buildings of NCT and all the State capitals fully accessible by December 2018.
  2. Completing accessibility audit of 50% of government buildings and making them fully accessible in 10 most important cities/towns of States by December 2019.
  3. Ensuring that 50% of railway stations in the country are converted into fully accessible railway stations by March 2018.
  4. Ensuring that 25% of Government owned public transport carriers in the country are converted into fully accessible carriers by March 2018.
  5. Conducting accessibility audit of 50% of all government (both Central and State Governments) websites and converting them into fully accessible websites by March 2017.

Facts for Prelims:

Accessible India Campaign is in line with the Article 9 of UNCRPD(UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities) to which India is a signatory since 2007.

Sources: pib.