In order to take care of the differently-abled people, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that a center would soon be established to develop Indian sign language, and the government is “fully committed” to achieving empowerment and inclusion of disabled people.

“My government is fully committed to the UN Convention of Rights for Persons with Disabilities, for achieving empowerment and inclusion of persons with disabilities,” Modi said in his message ahead of the 9th World Assembly of the Disabled People’s International (DPI) to be held on April 11-13 in New Delhi.

“The cost of exclusion of people with disability from the workforce is 3-7 percent of the GDP, as per World Bank estimates. Initiatives such as ‘Accessibility India’ campaign aim to male the built environment inclusive for persons with disabilities.

“We are also making Indian Railways accessible and starting a centre to develop Indian sign language,” he said. Thaawar Chand Gehlot, minister for social justice and empowerment, will address the plenary session of the event that is being supported by the UN and G3ICT.

In March 2016, the government’s “Inclusiveness and Accessibility Index” – that measured actions and attitudes of organisations towards disabled employees – called for enabling access to them in buildings and workplaces, public transportation etc.

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