Telecom regulator TRAI on Wednesday started a dialogue on making ICT accessible for the in another way abled, saying extra coverage interventions are wanted on this space the place advantages of expertise haven’t been totally realised.
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), releasing its newest session paper on Information and Communication Technology (ICT), has additionally sought business views on whether or not handset makers ought to be mandated to fabricate a minimum of one mannequin for the differently-abled with assistive expertise options equivalent to listening to, visible aids and emergency buttons.
The session paper has additionally sought the business’s feedback on disabilities that have to be included within the enabling framework, and causes for advantages not reaching the individuals with disabilities (PwDs), and corrective measures that have to be undertaken.
It has additionally requested if info on billing and pricing must be supplied in a type that’s accessible by PwDs. TRAI expressed concern that the differently-abled have been “often not able to access these ICT services on account of lack of necessary accessibility features or unaffordable prices of the equipment or due to unavailability of required services”.
This is even if telecom and broadcasting providers have develop into ubiquitous over the previous 20 years.
“Since access to telecom and broadcasting services has become an essential component of economic growth and upliftment of people, it is important that the necessary steps are taken to ensure that the PwDs are able to access these services and barriers that hinder this access are identified and removed,” TRAI stated.
Typically, launch of a session paper marks the start of crafting of a framework or set of suggestions by the regulator. The regulator then holds an open home with stakeholders, discussing all points of a problem threadbare, earlier than finalising its views.
TRAI famous that the federal government, business and the civil society had joined palms to make sure safety of proper of the differently-abled and that technological developments too had delivered to fore a wide range of aids, assistive units and providers.
“…corresponding changes in services or content is yet to come in the country implying thereby that the benefits of ICT development have not yet reached the PwDs,” TRAI stated.
TRAI was of the view that the extra coverage interventions have to be “explored and implemented to address the unique challenges” confronted by the PwD neighborhood.
The session paper goals to determine key areas that require coverage intervention and perceive boundaries being confronted by the individuals with disabilities in accessing telecom and broadcasting providers. This will assist in figuring out affirmative actions on the coverage stage, TRAI added.
The regulator has sought feedback on the difficulty by January 22, 2018, and the deadline for counter feedback is February 5, 2018.
Adapted From: Gadgets360