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Resource id #4 Only 160 crore for e-inclusion in the 12th Plan - Volume 9 Issue 7: Disability News and Information Service for India

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Volume 9 Issue 7 - June 15, 2012

Only 160 crore for e-inclusion in the 12th Plan

D.N.I.S. News Network, India: The total outlay for the Department of Information Technology (D.I.T.) in the 12th Five Year Plan (2012-2017) is reported to be 81,378.45 crore. This outlay is for e-government, e-learning, e-security, e-innovation, research and development and e-inclusion. What is of interest to the disability sector is that e-inclusion which is meant for digital inclusion of disadvantaged categories including people with disabilities, has been allocated a measly 160 crore rupees! Of this, how much will go towards making technology accessible to people with disabilities is anybody’s guess.

Despite being an I.T. superpower, India has lagged far behind when it comes to making it accessible to everyone without discrimination. Interestingly, the 12th Plan also plans on making India a hardware manufacturing hub. However, the National Electronic Accessibility Policy that aims to make the entire gamut of hardware and software accessible to people with disabilities is still hanging in limbo.

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