Soon, new coins in denominations of Rs 1, 2, 5, 10 and 20
One of the major problems that the visually-impaired population faces is money recognition, especially for paper currency.
Working closely to alleviate this issue, finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced the government will soon make new coins of Rs 1, 2, 5, 10 and 20 available to public. These coins will be visually impaired-friendly.
Speaking in Lok Sabha while presenting Union Budget 2019-20, Sitharaman said, “A new series of coins of Re 1, Rs 2, Rs 5, Rs 10, and Rs 20, easily identifiable to the visually impaired, were released by the Prime Minister on March 7, 2019. These coins will be made available for public use shortly.”
The coins are characterized by increased size and weight from lower to higher denominations. The newly included coin of Rs 20, will be a 12 sided coin with no serrations. The rest of the denominations would be of round shape.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi released a new series of visually-impaired friendly circulation coins on March 7.
In 2017, a PIL was filed in the Delhi high court which it was alleged that the newly issued Rs 50 and Rs 200 currency notes cannot be differentiated from notes by visually impaired persons.
Generally, bank notes have distinguishable identification features for the convenience of visually-impaired. The newly-issued Rs 50 and Rs 200 currency notes cannot be differentiated from notes by visually impaired persons.
The Rs 50 old series banknote had a square above the emblem on the left side. The Rs 100 note had a triangle. The marks helped the blind to know the denomination.
In other global currencies, governments have devised several ways for the visually-impaired to identify currency notes of different denominations. In countries like Australia and Malaysia, each currency note has a different length and width.
Canada has Braille dots that represent currency note of a specific denomination.