The Ministry of Electronics and IT (MeitY) is collaborating with other ministries to develop portals where public services can be delivered to citizens via a single platform. During the development of this portal special focus will be given to the portal’s accessibility to persons with disability.
The government is reportedly planning to enhance the share of digital economy in the total GDP of the country from the current 5-8 per cent to 20 per cent over the next five years.
“We are working with all ministries to ensure that their digital interfaces can be transformed. In that transformation, we are keeping accessibility issues in the centre,” MeitY Additional Secretary Rajendra Kumar said at the Broadband India Forum program on Global Accessibility Awareness Day.
“We are working with all government departments to create public digital resources where the goal is to bring all their diverse resources on one common platform where access of services to citizens and businesses can be made seamless,” he added.
Back in 2009, MeitY had issued guidelines on making government websites accessible with a focus on people with disability. It has now come up with a framework to make government websites up to district level accessible for them.