Sugamya Bharat Abhiyan Current Affairs - 2020

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Facts Box: Accessible India Campaign

Recently GoI extended the deadline for Accessible India Campaign to March 2020. The main objective of the campaign is to make public spaces friendly for persons with disabilities.

About the campaign

The campaign is also called Sugamya Bharat Abhiyan. The scheme was launched by Union Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment. The initiative is in line with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities to which India signed in 2007. The scheme was also launched under Persons with Disabilities Act, 1995. Under the act, the scheme comes under the jurisdiction of sections 44, 45 and 46 that provides equal opportunities and protection of rights in transport sector to those who are physically challenged.

Targets of the campaign

The campaign aims at making at least 50% of government owned buildings as disabled-friendly. It was aimed at doing in three phases. In phase 1, the campaign focused on making international airports disabled-friendly by 2016. In phase 2, it aimed at making 25% of public transport vehicles disabled-friendly by 2017. In phase 3, it aimed at making 50% of government buildings disabled-friendly.

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Social Justice Minister T C Gehlot launches MIS portal under Accessible India Campaign

Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Thaawar chand Gehlot launched a Management Information System (MIS) under Accessible India Campaign in New Delhi. The launch was in presence of Secretaries of various nodal ministries including Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH), Union Ministry of Railways, Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), Union Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), Union Ministry of Civil Aviation, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.

About MIS Portal

The Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (PwD), under Union Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment has developed a Management Information System (MIS) for stakeholders of Accessible India Campaign.

MIS portal will bring all the nodal ministries and States and Union Territories (UTs) on a single platform for monitoring the progress being made against each target of Accessible India Campaign (AIC).

The portal is made fully accessible for Divyangjans.

It will be useful in maintaining all the function on digital platform and capture data on a real-time basis. Also, the monitoring of places being made accessible will become more effective as the portal has a provision of uploading images of such features.

About Accessible India Campaign

Accessible India Campaign also known as Sugamya Bharat Abhiyan, was launched by PM Modi on 3 December 2015, on the occasion of International Day of People with Disabilities (PwD). It was launched as a nation-wide campaign for achieving universal accessibility for PwDs.

The campaign aims to serve PwDs in country and create an accessible physical environment that benefits everyone, not just PwDs.

Several measures undertaken under programme includes- eliminating obstacles and barriers in indoor/outdoor facilities such as schools, medical facilities, workplaces and transport system. The programme also covers places like footpaths, curb cuts and other obstacles that block the flow of regular pedestrian traffic.

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