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RBI selects vendor for developing mobile app for visually impaired

RBI selects vendor for developing mobile app for visually impaired

New Delhi: Moving ahead with its plan to enable visually impaired people identify currency notes, the Reserve Bank of India has selected a vendor to develop a mobile phone based application for them.

The RBI on September 6 had told the Bombay High Court that an internet connection would not be required for its proposed mobile application which would help visually impaired people identify currency notes As many as 16 vendors had shown interest in developing the mobile phone based application and five made to "final ranking", said a RBI document. Daffodil Software Pvt Ltd has been selected to develop the application, it added. At present, banknotes in the denominations of Rs 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500 and 2,000 are in circulation, besides Re 1 notes issued by the Centre.

Identification of banknote denomination is key to successful completion of cash-based transactions by visually impaired persons. Intaglio printing based identification marks for helping the visually challenged in identification of banknotes denomination are present in the notes of Rs 100 and above. After demonetisation of old Rs 500/1,000 notes in November 2016, new banknotes in design and sizes have been put in circulation. There are about 80 lakh blind or visually impaired people in the country, who are likely to benefit from the initiative.

PTI

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