Cabinet approves national policy on Universal Electronic Accessibility


Wednesday, December 18, 2013: Cabinet had approved the National Policy on Universal Electronic Accessibility. The policy endeavours to facilitate equal and unhindered access to Electronics and ICTs products and services by differently abled persons.

This policy recognizes the need to eliminate discrimination on the basis of disabilities as well as to facilitate equal access to Electronics and ICTs.

It also recognizes need for ensuring that accessibility standards, guidelines and universal design concepts are adopted and adhered to. The policy covers technological aspects including access to Electronics and ICTs (both hardware and software) by differently abled persons including areas of universal design, assistive technology and independent living aids. The following strategies have been envisaged for the implementation of the policy:

i) Creating awareness on universal electronics accessibility and universal design
ii) Capacity building and infrastructure development
iii) Setting up of model Electronics & ICTs centres for providing training and demonstration to special educators and physically as well as mentally challenged persons
iv) Conducting Research & Development, use of innovation, ideas, technology etc. whether indigenous or outsourced from abroad
v) Developing programme and schemes with greater emphasis for differently abled women/children
vi) Developing procurement guidelines for Electronics & ICTs for Accessibility and Assistive needs.


The policy is accepted to lead to greater focus and funding of research for design and development of projects for differently abled. Institutions interested in taking up such projects may contact Shri Dipak Singh, Director, DeitY (Email: [email protected])

Status of Grant of Interim Extension under CRS (as on 25 th Nov 2013)
As per the Provisional Registration Scheme put in place by DeitY for grant of Provisional Registration Orders to Manufacturers of the 15 notified Goods included in the CRS Order till the Jan 3, 2014, so far over 1000 applications were received by DeitY from which over 950 Provisional Orders have already been issued. Remaining applications are in advanced stages of scrutiny. Status of the applications is as under:

 The copies of all the Extension Orders issued by DeitY are updated on a daily basis on the DeitY website, For more details, please contact Shri Arun Sachdeva, Sr. Director ([email protected]

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Editorial Board
Chief Editor : Dr. Ajay Kumar, Jt. Secretary, DeitY
Editor : Sh. Kapil Sharma, Sr. Consultant, DeitY
Member : Dr. Debashis Dutta, GC, DeitY
Member : Sh. Akhila Chandra Jha, DDG, DGFT
Member : Sh. G. Prasad, Scientist E, MNRE
Member : Sh. S.K. Marwaha, Director, DeitY
Member : Dr. R. C. Chopra, Sr. Advisor, CII