India Gov Looks To Make Its Portals Accessible To Differently-Abled People

Over 3,000 government web portals will be made friendly for PwDs by July 2016. The Department of Social Justice is roping in ERNET to help build these web portals. The initiative is part of Accessibility India Campaign which is looking to enhance all government documents and web portals to recognized international standards.

The Indian government is planning to make as many as 6,000 of Central and State government websites accessible to differently-abled people.

Of these 6,000 websites, 50% will be made friendly for people with disabilities (PwDs) by July 2016 according to the Department of Social Justice.

ERNET, an autonomous scientific society under the administrative control of the Department of Information Technology, has been tasked with helping build government web portals that the specially abled can access easily.

The initiative is part of the Accessibility India Campaign which is looking to enhance public documents and websites to meet internationally recognised standards.

The center is planning to engage web auditors to enhance the features of government web portals and make sure they adhere to the disability standards of Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0.

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