Human Rights Issues

[pib] Sugamya Bharat App


From UPSC perspective, the following things are important :

Prelims level: Sugamya Bharat Abhiyan

Mains level: Disable friendly infrastructure

Union Minister for Social justice and Empowerment has launched the “Sugamya Bharat App”.

Sugamya Bharat App

  • The Sugamya Bharat App is a simple to use Mobile App with an easy registration process, requiring only 3 mandatory fields, namely, Name, Mobile number and Email-id.
  • Registered users can raise issues related to accessibility being faced.
  • The App is made accessible for ease of use for persons with disabilities also with features such as font size adjustment, color contrasting option, text to speech, and having an integrated screen reader in Hindi and English.
  • It is available in 10 regional languages, namely, Hindi, English, Marathi, Tamil, Odiya, Kannada, Telugu, Gujarati, Punjabi, and Malayalam.
  • The App also has the provision of easy photo uploads with a geotagging option of the premise where accessibility intervention is required.

Its features

  • The app, a Crowdsourcing Mobile Application is a means for sensitizing and enhancing accessibility in the 3 pillars of the Accessible India Campaign i.e. built environment, transportation sector and ICT ecosystem in India.
  • The app provides for five main features, 4 of which are directly related to enhancing accessibility, while the fifth is a special feature meant only for Divyangjan for COVID related issues.

The accessibility-related features are:

  • Registration of complaints of inaccessibility across the 3 broad pillars of the Sugamya Bharat Abhiyaan;
  • Positive feedback of examples and best practices worth emulating being shared by people as jan-bhagidhari;
  • Departmental updates and guidelines and circulars related to accessibility.

Back2Basics: Sugamya Bharat Abhiyan

  • Accessible India Campaign or Sugamya Bharat Abhiyan is a program that is set to be launched to serve the differently-able community of the country.
  • The flagship program has been launched on 3 December 2015, the International Day of People with Disabilities.
  • The program comes with an index to measure the design of disabled-friendly buildings and human resource policies.
  • The initiative also in line with Article 9 of the (UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities) which India is a signatory since 2007.
  • The scheme also comes under the Persons with Disabilities Act, 1995 for equal Opportunities and protection of rights which provides non-discrimination in Transport to Persons with Disabilities.

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