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Hundred accessible websites for Divyangs

New Delhi, Jan 19 (UNI) In a path-breaking initiative to empower persons with disabilities, 100 Accessible websites of various State Governments/UTs were launched by Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Thaawarchand Gehlot here on Friday.
On the occasion of ‘National Conference on Improving Accessibility’, Ministers of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Vijay Sampla and Krishna Pal Gurjar were also present.

Accessible Websites are those websites into which Persons with Disabilities can perceive, understand, navigate, and interact with the Web, and that they can contribute to the Web.
The Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (Divyangjan) initiated a “Website Accessibility Project” for State Government/Union Territories under Accessible India Campaign through ERNET India, an autonomous scientific society under the Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology (MeitY), to make total 917 websites accessible and providing funds for the same.
Now 100 accessible websites are made accessible under the project.

Under Accessible India Campaign, the aim of the conference was to sensitise and bring awareness among different stakeholders, including the officials of state government on accessibility in the context of recently enacted Rights of Persons with Disabilities, 2016.
The Campaign has three important components --Built Environment; Transport and Information and Communication Eco-system accessibility.

In his address, Mr Gehlot said, ''The Divyangjans are an integral part of our society and we have to play an active role for their welfare.'' He said the aim of the campaign was to make a barrier free environment for persons with disabilities all over the country for safe, dignified life of Persons with Disabilities.
He said that around 5,800 ADIP camps had been organised nationwide by his ministry for distribution of assistive device to Divyangjans. He opined that such Accessible websites will play an important role in proper dissemination of Governments policies and schemes for the welfare of Divyangjans.

Mr Sampla in his address said the DEPwD was doing a commendable job in this regard.

Mr Gurjar said during past three and a half years, many revolutionary steps have been taken by DEPwD, Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment for the welfare of Divyangjans. He said,''We need to empower the Divyangjans so that they can lead a normal life.''

ERNET India (MEITY) is executing the project which is funded by DEPwD under Accessibility India Campaign. So far, 917 websites across 27 States & UT have been chosen from the list of websites which have been provided by the State Social Welfare Departments through DEPwD.
Currently there are 917 Accessible Websites, 244 are Under Development; 208 are Developed and Internally Audited while 100 are live.
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