PATNA Visual impairment is no longer an obstacle to understand the Right to
Information Act in Bihar. The Nitish Kumar government will soon provide
copies of the Act in Braille for the benefit of blind people in the state,
officials said on Thursday (10-11-2011).
Describing the move as a first in the country, an official of the Bihar
State Information Commission (BSIC) said, "The commission will distribute
copies of the RTI Act in Braille script among visually impaired people to
create awareness and to provide them an opportunity to use it for their
BSIC has also decided to accept applications submitted in Braille.
According officials of the BSIC, there are one million visually impaired
people in Bihar but not one had turned up with an RTI application in the
last five years.
BSIC has approached the Dehradun-based National Institute of Visually
Handicapped for getting Braille copies of the Act and the rules in Hindi and
English. It has also requested the institute to prepare audio versions.
Officials said the institute has a huge press where books in Braille
script are printed.
Neither the Central Information Commission nor any state information
commission has so far taken the initiative to print the RTI Act in Braille,
an official said.