Accessible India Campaign or Sugamya Bharat Abhiyan is a program which is set to be
launched to serve the differently-able community of the country.
The program comes with an index to measure the design of disabled-friendly buildings and
human resource policies.
The flagship program has been launched by the Prime Minister on 3 December 2015,
the International Day of people with Disabilities. The initiative also in line with the Article 9
of the (UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities) to which India is a
signatory since 2007.
The scheme also comes under Persons with Disabilities Act, 1995 under section 44, 45, 46
for equal Opportunities and protection of rights which provides non-discrimination
in Transport to Persons with Disabilities.
According to the 2011 Census of India, 2.21 per cent of the population or approximately
26.8 million Indians suffer from a disability.
The target is to make at least fifty percent government buildings disabled friendly under the
campaign in each of the state capital and central capital till end of May 2018 and make 25
per cent of the public transport vehicles under government as disabled friendly till mid
It also envisages further development with bigger targets in the following years.
In this way, the overall environment becomes more inclusive and provides equal
opportunities to the Pwd.
A website will also be made where the people can put their views on the accessibility of any
building. By July 2016, the international airports in the country and railway stations which
come under A1, A and B categories will be made fully disabled-friendly.
Plot No. 334,Visalakshinagar, Visakhapatnam - 530043. Andhra Pradesh, India.