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Union Government launches Accessible E-Library Sugamya Pustakalaya

The Union Government has launched Accessible E-Library ‘Sugamya Pustakalaya’ for Divyang under Prime Minister’s Sugamya Bharat Abhiyan.

It was jointly launched by Union Ministers Ravi Shankar Prasad, Prakash Javadekar and Thawar Chand Gehlot at a fucntion in New Delhi.

What is Sugamya Pustakalaya?

  • Sugamya Pustakalaya is an online library for Divyang and houses publications across diverse subjects and languages and multiple accessible formats.
  • The online library has been created in collaboration with National Institute of Visually Handicapped (NIVH), member organisations of Daisy Forum of India and Bookshare and is powered by TCS Access.
  • In this online library books will available in accessible formats for people with visual impairment and other print disabilities.
  • It will house over 2 lakhs books in diverse languages. It will also integrate libraries across India and the Globe, including the largest international library Bookshare.

National Institute of Visually Handicapped (NIVH): It is a premier Institute in the field of visual disability working under the administrative control of the Union Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment. It objective is to promote rights and dignity of persons with visual impairments.

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Union Government launches Sugamya Bharat Abhiyan

Union Government has launched Sugamya Bharat Abhiyan (Accessible India Campaign), a nationwide campaign in a bid to achieve universal accessibility to persons with disabilities.

It was launched by Union Minister of Finance Arun Jaitley and Union Minister of Social Justice & Empowerment Thaawarchand Gehlot on the occasion of International Day of Persons with Disabilities (3 December).

About Sugamya Bharat Abhiyan

  • Aims to enable persons with disabilities to gain universal access, equal opportunity for development, independent living and participation in an inclusive society in all aspects of life.
  • The campaign has been drafted by Union Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment in line with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) to which India is a signatory.
  • Target set by the campaign: Envisages making all railway stations of A1, A & B categories and the international airports in the country fully accessible to the disabled by July 2016.
  • Seeks to convert at least 10% of government owned public transport carriers in the country fully accessible carriers for disabled persons by March 2018.
  • Meet at least 50% for issuing all public documents by the Central and State Governments to meet accessibility standards for persons with disabilities by March 2018.

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