Bombay HC directs state govt to make their websites accessible to disabled people

NGO Disability Rights Initiative had filed a petition asking Maharashtra state government to follow guidelines issued by the central government which states that they must give universal access to disabled people on an equal basis


Bombay High Court has ordered the state government to update their websites within three months and make it user-friendly for disabled people.

Last week, a division bench headed by acting Chief Justice Naresh Patil gave the order while hearing a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by city-based NGO Disability Rights Initiative. The NGO stated in its petition that in 2009, the central government issued a few guidelines which stated that the state must provide universal access to government websites to people with disabilities on an equal basis with others.

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The high court directed the state government to see to it that guidelines are complied with and that all their websites are easily accessible to disabled people. 

After completing this procedure, the government shall take a certification (of compliance with guidelines) from the National Informatics Centre of the Union government,” the bench said.

The bench has directed the government to submit a compliance report after three months.

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