Make Aarogya Setu app accessible to Visually Impaired People

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Make Aarogya Setu app accessible to visually impaired people 

We all are passing through a very tough phase due to unprecended event of COVID 19. Our government is doing lot of efforts to overcome the challenges and to safeguard the citizens. One of such efforts is to launch the aarogya setu application by the Government of India. This application is designed to help the citizens in present scenario and has good features. Unfortunately this application is not friendly for visually impaired people. In the  recent article by BBC Correspondent -   visually impaired people from various backgrounds across  India shared their difficulties to access the application.In the words of one of the persons who shared his experience  “Aarogay setu app is like a  delicious packed dish which we want to eat but can’t even open”

Visually impaired people are unable to access the application independently and have to take someone’s assistance .This way they can’t become “Atmanirbhar”.

According to guidelines issued by the ministry of home affairs on Sunday evening (May 17), private sector employers should on a “best effort basis” ensure that Aarogya Setu is “installed by all employees having compatible phones” in order to ensure safety in offices and the workplace.As per the media reports there are about 1.5 crore visually impaired people and their difficulties towards accessibility to technology can’t be ignored. There is a provision in the rights of persons with disabilities under section 42 which specifies that it is the responsibility of the government to make its websites and applications accessible.In recent developments ,Ministry of civil aviation made aarogya setu application mandatory for airline passengers.

Also as per the instructions issued by central government people may be fined for not having the so called application.

In this context representation have been submitted by All India Confederation by Blind as per media reports.

Please sign my petition asking Government to do the following:

1. Make the aarogya setu features screen reader friendly

2. Make the app features friendly to visually impaired people to help them using the same without depending on any one.

Please sign and share in large numbers because no one should have to fight every day for applications that are easily available for all.